SmartDrive Systems announced at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Annual Conference and Exhibition, April 30-May 2 in Cincinnati, new capabilities that extend the value of SmartDrive 360, the company’s solution that enables fleets to deploy additional cameras to gain 360-degree insight into risk.
In this latest release, SmartDrive 360 expands its on-demand video capability with triggering on up to four cameras simultaneously based upon high-risk maneuvers—providing better insight into frequent causes of collisions, the company said in a news release. SmartDrive was previously awarded a patent for Advanced System Triggering with a patent pending for this latest innovation. In addition, SmartDrive 360 provides fast insight to risk. Offloaded in minutes and, in most cases, reviewed by an expert driving analyst within one hour, confirmed collisions and alerts are sent to customers so they can react swiftly to the incident. This immediate access to video allows fleets to improve their safety programs, reduce claims processes and increase safety measures, the company said.
Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive, based in San Diego, California, said, “Since thirty-five percent of collisions are side and rear incidents, a growing number of fleets are adding more cameras to their trucks. By capturing triggered video across these additional cameras, fleets can now gain immediate visibility to the highest risk—and most costly events—in and around their vehicles.”
The multi-camera triggering enables customers to quickly access and view the complete picture of high-risk events. When a risky maneuver occurs, such as a swerve or a U-turn, or there is a high-impact/collision, or the driver initiates a manual recording, video is captured from all four cameras. The video is automatically offloaded from the SmartRecorder, along with the in-cab and forward-facing camera views. Previously, these videos were available only on-demand. Now, the immediacy of these videos allows fleets to get expanded insight on those incidents.
“Not only have our drivers fully embraced the SmartDrive video-based safety program, but they also recognize that additional cameras equal more protection for them in collisions or other incidents where they are not at fault,” Michael Lasko, safety manager, T.F. Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts, said in SmartDrive’s news release. “Additional video from different areas around the vehicle gives us a deeper understanding of what happens on the road and which drivers need coaching to improve safety.”