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Meritor WABCO debuts ProView safety management system

“It’s a tool for driver coaching,” said Jon Morrison, president and general manager for Meritor WABCO. “You can take these video clips and improve driver performance. In addition, it can even help with logistics and delivery,” showing how long the wait time is at a receiver. (The Trucker: APRILLE HANSON)

By Aprille Hanson
The Trucker Staff

3/26/2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Meritor WABCO, in partnership with SmartDrive Systems, announced here its ProView Fleet Performance Management System that provides an in-cab camera focused on the truck drivers, a forward-looking camera focused on the road and an aerial view through Google maps, allowing fleets to be more aware of unsafe driving patterns and any necessary proof needed for litigation purposes.

The website, www.proviewfps.com, will be fully functional in May.

“It’s a tool for driver coaching,” said Jon Morrison, president and general manager for Meritor WABCO. “You can take these video clips and improve driver performance. In addition, it can even help with logistics and delivery,” showing how long the wait time is at a receiver.

According to a press release, video will be available through SmartDrive’s Web-based back-office application as well as through a smartphone app. Access to the videos and other data functions of the ProView website will be subscription-based, costing between $40 to $60 a month per truck, Morrison said.

Morrison said a fleet may or may not allow drivers to access their video data.

“It’s up to the fleets on how they use it,” Morrison said. “We find in time the drivers,” will gain more knowledge about the system and be more “accepting,” of it, he added.

Drivers will be able to access a forum on the ProView website that allows them to post questions and discuss the technology and suggest improvements. Morrison said drivers will get a quick response to posted questions during the day. If a question is posted at night, an answer will be given within 24 hours.

“We intend to really staff ProView during the day,” Morrison said. “We want drivers to have that dialogue. There’s plenty of information and misinformation out there,” he said, adding that it’s meant to ease driver concerns about the safety systems to focus on the task at hand.

“They’re just trying to drive the truck,” Morrison said.

While the website will not be fully functional until May, drivers can now log in and provide comments and questions about ProView ahead of its full launch.

The company also touted its OnGuard collision mitigation system, which has the ability to reduce fatalities by 24 percent, according to a 2012 study by the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute. The net price per truck varies between $2,300 and $2,500, Morrison said.

Nikhil Varty, president, Americas, and vice president Mergers & Acquisitions WABCO, acknowledged the expense for the owner-operator, but said the payback for the preventive technology was “significant.”

“An owner-operator can’t afford an accident on downtime,” Varty said. “There’s a huge liability, it can wipe out the business.”

Varty said about 50,000 trucks currently have OnGuard systems in place. The system has proven to have an 80 percent reduction in potential accidents, he added.

To visit the ProView site, click here.

 

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