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Lytx study says video-cam-based safety program saves lives

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study was commissioned by Lytx Inc., formerly DriveCam using data from FMCSA and NHTSA sources. (Courtesy: LYTX)

The Trucker News Services

5/8/2014

SAN DIEGO — Lytx Inc. (formerly DriveCam), a global provider of safety and compliance solutions, Thursday announced that a new study of heavy truck and bus collisions conducted by The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that Lytx’s video-based driver safety program has the potential to dramatically save lives and reduce injuries.

The study concluded that heavy trucks and buses using the DriveCam powered by Lytx Program could significantly reduce fatalities, collisions and injuries, Lytx officials said.

It showed that DriveCam had the potential to save 801 lives, or 20 percent of the total fatalities in heavy truck and bus crashes; prevent 25,007 collisions, or 35 percent of the total number of collisions; and prevent 39,066 injuries, or 36 percent of the total number of injuries.                 

 “If driver behavior is the primary reason for traffic crashes, then approaches that pinpoint and focus on reducing risky driving behavior are likely to be the most effective in reducing crashes,” Dr. Jeffrey Hickman said in the study. “Motor vehicle crashes are often predictable and preventable. Yet, many drivers choose to behave in ways that put themselves and others at risk for a vehicle crash and/or serious injuries. The most efficacious onboard safety monitoring systems use in-vehicle video technology to gather driving behaviors that can be addressed and corrected, thereby reducing future crash risk.”

“The results of this study underscore our mission — we harness the power of video, predictive analytics and cloud technologies to prevent collisions, save lives and transform businesses,” said Brandon Nixon, Lytx chairman and CEO. “Someone dies in a vehicle collision in the U.S. every 15 minutes. Each fatality represents someone’s loved one. The sad truth is that 90 percent of these tragedies are due to human error and are avoidable. We’re dedicated to using our technology to help professional drivers adopt safer driving habits and measurably reduce the risk that is happening on our roads every day.”

The study, which was commissioned by Lytx, was conducted by Jeffrey S. Hickman, the group leader for the Behavioral Analysis and Applications Group under the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, who reviewed data reported from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study quantitatively evaluated the potential safety benefits of equipping all United States trucks and buses with Lytx’s DriveCam Program by using a large national crash database called the General Estimates System (GES). The GES database included information about the vehicle, injuries and fatalities, violations, and contributing factors for a sample of crashes during calendar years 2010 to 2012.

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