As fleet owners batten down the hatches in South Africa’s increasingly tumultuous economy, effective management of costs become a focal point. The incidence of truck accidents on South African roads have however made headlines recently leaving many fleet managers concerned about driver safety especially, reducing preventable accident rates and associated repair, downtime and liability costs.
“Driver safety factors are of enormous concern,” says John Edmeston, CEO of Cartrack. “Safety on our roads is important and I would like to urge fleet owners to you should consider various tools that are offered to them to deal with the problem. An 18-wheeler truck is a potential weapon of mass destruction within the wrong hands and we need to not only hold the driver accountable for their actions, but additionally motorists who drive recklessly. Unless we’re prepared to collectively take ownership in our actions, the current situation on our roads will not improve,” says John.
In answer, Cartrack is launching Drive Vision that firmly places the spotlight on safety by way of on-board audio and visual equipment that’s paired with Cartrack’s comprehensive telematics technology. It effectively takes fleet management one stage further, allowing fleet managers to consider an online ride with their drivers.
The information that is derived from Drive Vision combines vehicle driver behaviour data and video event recording technology to supply a bird’s eye look at any event that could occur, whether it’s an incident of harsh braking or perhaps a serious accident. “The information may well prove to be invaluable in establishing the cause of accidents by accurately reconstructing events as they happened,” explains John.
Drive Vision is really a comprehensive dual camera system that works in conjunction with a reliable driving performance program. The on-board visual equipment comprises a principal camera that records video clip with a 120 degree exterior view of the street in front of the vehicle along with a secondary driver camera that provides a 160 degree view of the automobile cab with infrared illumination for low light conditions. This is combined with a microphone that records a sound channel that accompanies the visual footage.
The camera system includes a built in accelerometer which records events such as speeding, harsh braking and harsh acceleration, among others. When an event is triggered, a trained administrator within the data review centre will review the footage and convey a comprehensive analysis of the event with a driver counselling report.
“The footage spells precisely what actions led to the event, the way it was handled and what the end result was. It is an invaluable tool for organisations and can do a lot in risk management efforts and become advantageous to both the driver and the company,” explains John.
“Drive Vision ultimately means predictable and sustainable reductions of the fleet’s operational costs, especially as far as savings on fuel and maintenance are concerned. Central to that particular, Drive Vision offers the method for fleet proprietors to gain unprecedented collision and damage frequency reductions, that is something that is sorely needed on South African roads,” concludes John.