Driving school leaders from across the country will join a handful of other companies this week as part of a new national initiative to bring together a range of industry professionals and students to help drive innovation in driving.
The company, D&d Driving School, is offering a $50,000 prize and a $100,000 grand prize to help raise the next generation of driving professionals.
The companies participating in the Drive for Education program include: D&d Driving School, Inc., a company based in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lonnie Johnson, CEO of D&ds Driving School; Brynn Kosten, director of driving school programs at D&Ds Driving School in the Phoenix area; Joni Daley, the CEO of Driving School Training, Inc.; Nathan Bovey, chief executive officer of Driving Training, in the Portland, Ore., area; and Ryan Devens, CEO and founder of DTC-TEXA Driving School.
“Driving is a passion of ours,” Johnson said in a statement.
“We want to bring driving schools together with the best in the industry and help the next wave of driving schools grow.
The Drive for Educators program is a great opportunity to get the industry to work together to make driving more accessible and exciting to people of all ages and skill levels.
Companies that have already participated include: The Boston Consulting Group, which will provide training in driving technology, driver education, and advanced safety.
The company Lorenzo DiGiulio, a former chief executive of the Motorola Motor Company and the chairman of the automotive design group at Audi, is the founding partner of the new Drive for Driving program.
Dish Network Inc., which has offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Shanghai, has also signed on.
Honda Motor Co., which makes Honda Civic vehicles, has partnered with D& d Driving School to create a $25,000 scholarship.
Ford Motor Co. has a new partnership with DTC, and is also offering a scholarship to encourage drivers to get licensed and work in the automotive industry.
In addition to the companies that have signed on, other companies are joining the Drive For Education program.
“D&ds Driving Schools is bringing together a broad range of companies in a new way to create driving education, as we move toward the next decade of driverless cars,” Hannes Köhler, DTC’s vice president of global public policy, said in the statement.
Driverless cars will be the driving force behind the evolution of transportation, and these programs are an important step in that process.
This year, more than 3,000 people in the U.S. were killed in accidents related to distracted driving.
About 1,000 accidents in 2017 were due to drivers using their smartphones or other devices to take control of a vehicle.
More than half of the distracted driving fatalities in the United States were related to a phone.
These events are the leading causes of deaths for drivers, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to a 2015 survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), of all the vehicles involved in crashes in 2017, about 60% were distracted.
With that in mind, it makes sense that companies will be joining together to help foster a new generation of drivers.
While D&drining School has partnered up with several automakers, such as Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Lexus, the company is also looking to take on more established brands, such the Mercedes-Benz Group.
Driving schools have been a focus for the U,S.
In 2008, D & d Driving Schools was the first driving school in the world to offer drivers a chance to drive in an autonomous car.
That year, a driverless car made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.
As recently as 2013, a California school made the debut of a self-driving vehicle.
There are also plans for other companies to join the Drive To Education program, such Uber, which is now offering its driverless rides through an app called Waymo.
And in the future, companies like Tesla will be testing out their own self-drive cars, which could be a part of the Drive to Education program as well.
There’s no word yet on whether the program will continue to expand as the companies participating continue to work on improving the technology.
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