At SmartDrive, we provide an onboard system that collects information directly from vehicles and tracks distractions during speed-triggered events, such as sudden stops, hard cornering, aggressive acceleration and excessive speed. Applying predictive analytics to this database of audio, video and vehicle information provides fleets with focused individualized training and coaching programs for drivers.
Showcasing the causes of distracted driving among public transit drivers provides an opportunity to take note of exactly what is causing distractions. Using advanced technology to address those issues can help create a safer environment for everyone on the road.
Director of Commercial Sales Agency
Digital Ally Inc.
Digital Ally combines the capabilities of cameras and recording hardware with management and reporting software to drastically improve transit operator safety.
Some data recorders can utilize up to eight cameras, each of which can be set to automatically record and display a unique view to the driver based on different triggers.
For instance, when a vehicle is put into reverse, a camera mounted to the back of the vehicle can be set to automatically record and display. If a side door is opened or stop bar is raised, a camera looking down that side of the vehicle can be triggered. If the vehicle experiences hard braking, excessive acceleration, severe cornering or an impact, road and driver views can be simultaneously recorded. If the operator encounters problematic passengers, different manual recording options are also available to record inside the vehicle, including a covert footswitch.
Cameras have even been shown to calm dangerous passengers if they realize or are notified that they are being recorded.
Recorders can record on a constant loop in addition to capturing specific events, or the system can be set to only record triggered events along with up to 30 seconds before a recording was triggered. This allows the system to capture exactly what happened in any incident, including what caused the event, which is particularly useful to protect operators against accusations and false claims, identify when drivers require additional training, or capture dangerous behavior. The system can even be equipped to stream live events in dangerous situations.
Recorders are also integrated into a rear-view mirror so that they do not interfere with the driver’s line of sight or take up valuable space. The integrated monitor is hidden behind one-way mirror glass to remain invisible when not in use. The system also includes LED light indicators that provide real-time driver feedback, such as to remind a driver to slow down if they are performing a potentially dangerous maneuver.
GPS mapping and customizable, comprehensive reports provide insight into drivers’ training needs, dangerous geographic areas, equipment health status and much more. Being self-managed, software can conform precisely to the needs of the operator and does not require ongoing fees.
The detailed vehicle, driver, GPS map and event-trigger data recorded can be displayed during playback, giving an extremely insightful look into incidents. The software also allows notes to be added and important events to be marked in the recordings, all of which can optionally be visible when playing a recording for training purposes. Data, including custom user-added fields, can also be used for searching and retrieving recordings.
The result is a cohesive safety management solution that protects transit operators with proof against fraudulent claims for sizable litigation savings and job security; greatly reduced incidents for improved operator safety as well as reduced vehicle damage, maintenance, fuel and insurance costs; extensive data to identify risky behavior; valuable training examples; GPS tracking for route management and additional fuel savings; and more.
Founder and CEO Managing Partner
Apollo Video Technology
One of the best ways to improve operator safety is to install onboard public-view monitors.
Showing riders that they are being recorded is a prime deterrent to abusive, malicious or criminal activity toward operators and other riders.
Traditionally cameras were unobtrusive and monitors were installed in control centers, but high-resolution public view monitors are a desirable and cost-effective component of an integrated onboard surveillance system.