Using Video Telematics to Enhance Fleet Safety

For most fleet managers, reducing collisions is a high-priority goal. Fleet telematics software is a good start and helps managers identify drivers with habits that need improving. Adding video telematics offers an even better chance at effecting positive change in driver behavior.

Video telematics lets fleet managers see the full context around driving incidents such as harsh braking or swerving and gain insights into the reason behind them. In addition, if a road-facing dash cam is AI-enabled, it can capture video of behavior you wouldn’t otherwise know about, such as driving past stop signs without stopping.

CalAmp’s new e-book, “Enhance Your Fleet Safety Program with Video Telematics,” delves into exactly how video telematics can take your fleet safety to the next level. In it you’ll learn: 

What a video telematics solution entails

You’ve heard the term, but how exactly does video telematics work? And what’s the difference between a basic stream-and-store dash cam and a true video telematics solution?

In a video telematics solution that’s fully integrated with a vehicle’s telematics unit, inertia-based and vision-based triggers initiate the capture of a short video clip. Available triggers include harsh braking, harsh acceleration, lane departure, speed sign violations, stop sign violations, tailgating, and collisions, among others. You choose the triggers you want to enable based on the behaviors and events that are most concerning for your organization.

A video clip reveals what happened in the seconds before, during, and after the event. It’s automatically sent to the cloud, where the fleet manager can view it, download it, and share it with the driver or an insurance investigator.

Down the free e-book to learn more.

How to use video clips to improve driver training

A good video telematics solution classifies video clips by trigger, making it easy to see patterns and view the context around specific types of events.

With video based safety, managers can see how many video clips were triggered by each driver in a particular week or on a particular trip and look for patterns. They can click on an event to call up the corresponding video clip and tag a clip to be reviewed with the driver during coaching sessions and/or sent to the driver to watch on their own.

Get the e-book to learn how to use video clips during coaching sessions.

The role of real-time alerts

Configuring real-time alerts (sent via text or email and visible in the solution’s dashboard) allows managers to respond to driving events in real time. If a collision occurs, a manager may want to know right away and not rely on the driver to report it. If a driver generates numerous speeding, swerving or tailgating alerts during a trip, the manager may want to call them to find out what’s wrong and ask whether they need a break.

In-cab audio alerts are also made possible by video telematics. These warn the driver about a variety of events, from speeding to lane drift to tailgating, and may help the driver avert an accident. 

The value of video clips in mitigating liability

Collisions are never cheap. Some are extremely costly, especially if a lawsuit results in a nuclear verdict. Video telematics helps mitigate accident liability and protect an organization’s bottom line.

Video clips of collisions show insurance investigators and juries what really happened. Often, this evidence can exonerate innocent drivers. It’s especially helpful for fighting staged accident scams.

What’s more, quick access to collision clips can speed accident investigations and claims processing, which means vehicles can be repaired and returned to service faster.

It’s no wonder that in 2020, Berg Insight called the integration of cameras with telematics systems one of the most important trends in the fleet telematics sector.

Download our free e-book to learn more about how video telematics could benefit your fleet and what to look for in a video telematics solution. 

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