A vehicle video camera solution is a powerful tool that can help fleet managers improve fleet safety and mitigate liability. But solutions that deliver data instead of intelligence take you only so far.
The difference between actionable video intelligence and raw video data is the difference between spending hours sifting through footage looking for a needle in a haystack and receiving trigger-initiated video clips, in near real-time, that tell the story of particular driving incident and help managers take proactive measures to reduce collisions and near-misses in the future.
One factor above all makes actionable video intelligence possible: telematics integration. Vehicle video cameras fully integrated with a robust fleet telematics solution deliver insights that make a difference.
Driver safety: The video telematics advantage
A standard stream-and-store dashcam can show, after the fact, what happened during an incident, assuming a manager has time to search through the DVR footage and match it with telematics data to find the few seconds that matter. A smart vehicle camera integrated with a fleet telematics solution can do more.
For example, when the telematics edge device identifies an inertial trigger such as harsh braking or harsh cornering, the device tells the camera to save a video clip of the event. That clip is sent to the cloud, where it can be viewed by the driver’s fleet or safety manager in the platform’s portal or downloaded to view later, perhaps together with the driver to provide an immersive coaching experience. For drivers, watching replays of their own risky behavior can act as a game-changing wake-up call.
Artificial intelligence (AI) adds another layer of safety. A basic AI dash cam offers in-cab voice alerts when a driver tailgates or veers out of his or her lane. But an AI camera also knows when a driver rolls through a stop sign, for instance, or exceeds the speed limit posted on a speed limit sign, and those violations trigger a video capture.
The more inertial and vision triggers available with a video telematics solution, the better for driver coaching and overall fleet safety. iOn™ Vision, for example, offers a robust suite of customizable triggers including speed limit and stop sign violations, tailgating, lane drift and harsh braking, acceleration and cornering. Organizations can choose the triggers that matter most.
By classifying video clips according to trigger, a good video telematics solution lets managers identify not only drivers who could use additional coaching but also the specific driving habits they need to break. Small improvements in behind-the-wheel behavior make a big difference to safety as well as budgets. Reduced speeding improves fuel efficiency. Easing up on the brakes lowers maintenance costs.
Occasionally, sudden braking is a sign of quick reflexes, not bad driving. A fully integrated, AI-enabled video camera can help managers distinguish between poor driving behavior and appropriate responses. Say a service van driver brakes hard. What happened? The video might reveal that a cyclist swerved in front of the van and the driver acted fast to avoid a disastrous outcome.
Crash evidence at the ready
Video footage can help exonerate drivers who are not at fault in a collision by showing the complete picture of what happened. A fleet vehicle camera solution makes finding the footage easy. But one that accurately detects crashes also alerts operators to the event and uploads, almost immediately, a clip of the critical seconds before, during and after the crash so that fleet operators, and their insurance companies, can respond quickly and insurance investigators can determine liability.
Data is only as good as the sense you can make of it. Actionable intelligence, delivered in near real-time, is what moves the needle. A fully integrated video camera solution provides insights that can be used to improve driver coaching, reduce collisions, lower insurance premiums and in some cases, keep organizations out of court.