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SmartDrive announces 4th major enhancement of platform

With Dynamic Range Safety Events, the video capture window dynamically adjusts based on the specific type of event. (Courtesy: SMARTDRIVE)

The Trucker News Services

3/23/2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas — SmartDrive Systems, a provider of driving performance solutions that are designed to reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, announced Sunday the fourth major enhancement to its platform in the last 12 months with the addition of Dynamic Range Safety Events and new U-Turn event triggering.

The announcement came during the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention under way here.These new capabilities further expand the broad spectrum of risk captured by the platform, enabling SmartDrive to accurately identify and measurably reduce a fleet’s high risk safety events within weeks of starting the program, according to CEO Steve Mitgang.

When coupled with SmartDrive’s Active Safety System integration, these industry-first capabilities provide greater contextual insight into the riskiest driving that results in collisions, including following too close, excessive lane departure as result of drowsiness or distracted driving, and U-turns, he said.

Traditionally, event capture has been focused on fixed ranges around an event, capturing the same amount of video before and after, regardless of the type of event that occurred.

With Dynamic Range Safety Events, the video capture window dynamically adjusts based on the specific type of event, focusing on the riskiest driving and providing the insight that is essential for understanding root cause.

For example, Mitgang said, following too close is a high risk contributor to collisions, especially when combined with other factors like speeding and distracted driving.

When a driver is following too close, the 25 seconds that led up to the warning from an Active Safety System may be the riskiest driving. However with fixed event capture a carrier would miss 10 seconds or more of that video.

By adapting to a fleet’s specific driving environment, SmartDrive delivers deeper insight for fleets on their unique areas of risk.   

“Every minute counts when it comes to safety, which is why we continue to push the boundaries of safety innovation in our platform,”  Mitgang said. “These new capabilities provide targeted contextual insight to the specific driving situation in the highest risk events. When you couple it with real time alerting and the ability to automatically put critical safety event video in the hands of fleet managers in under five minutes, we transform the speed with which fleets are able to respond to and manage the riskiest safety situations happening on the road every day,” said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive.  

The new capability builds on SmartDrive’s integration with the leading third party active safety ystems, which are calibrated to specific vehicles and are designed to detect situations unsafe for those particular vehicles.

Dynamic Range Safety Events are available for following distance and lane departure warnings as well as the new U-Turn trigger, which automatically identifies when a vehicle is executing this extremely unsafe driving maneuver.  

 “We are able to provide this level of continued innovation because we designed our platform to be open, flexible and scalable — enabling us to take advantage of all the great advancements in vehicle safety technology and pass that value on to our customers.”  

SmartDrive offers a range of subscription offerings to best align with customers’ safety and business priorities; the total event length for Dynamic Range Safety Events is aligned to each of these offerings, Mitgang said, adding that SmartDrive customers have access to this new enhancement as part of their monthly subscription — a key value of the company’s software-as-a-service solution.

For more information on SmartDrive Systems, please visit www.smartdrive.net.  

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