The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced that Click-It, an invention by Marco Johnson, a former Los Angeles City Firefighter and Paramedic and University of Antelope Valley President and Co-Founder, has earned a 2020 CES Innovation Award Honoree. Click-It is the only patented OBD Device and App which communicates directly with a vehicle’s computer to provide real-time updates about a driver’s seatbelt status when the vehicle is in motion.
The device and app, which are currently in a functioning prototype phase and ready for mass production, were developed with safety in mind. As a former firefighter and paramedic, Marco Johnson regularly saw real-world scenarios in which lives could have been saved or injuries prevented during vehicle accidents if the drivers or passengers had been wearing their seatbelts. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2017 alone 2,549 lives could have been saved if the vehicle occupants had been wearing their seatbelts. Click-It is intended as an intervention approach to curb the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused in vehicle accidents. Users can receive text messages, push notifications, or emails in real-time as well as send real-time voice or sound notifications to remind the vehicle occupants to fasten their seatbelts. Additionally, users may track drivers’ seat belt habits over time.
The Consumer Technology Association saw the large impact this invention could have and named Click-It a 2020 CES Innovation Award Honoree. “I’m extremely honored to have received this award from such a prestigious organization,” states Marco Johnson.
“As a retired Los Angeles City Firefighter/Paramedic.
I’m even more excited
that our patented invention
is that much closer to being
available to the public,
which in-turn will provide an immediate
opportunity to save lives.”
Click-It device was at the Innovation Awards Showcase in the Venetian Ballroom at the Sands/Venetian during CES 2020, the world’s largest convention for consumer technology hosted by CTA in January on the Las Vegas Strip. The device was also displayed among other award winners including Samsung, Dell, Garmin, and Sony. A full list of winners may be viewed online at: https://www.ces.tech/Innovation-Awards/Honorees.aspx. You may further view Click-It’s features in this short video: https://youtu.be/Y_kKV2y6BX4
By Christina Moore