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DriverTech launches new mobile communications device with ELD capabilities, dash cam


Monday, January 23, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

The latest DT4000 Rev 7 from DriverTech includes features such as video capture of critical events such as hard braking and a smartphone app to link business processes to drivers outside of the cab. (Courtesy: DRIVERTECH)
The latest DT4000 Rev 7 from DriverTech includes features such as video capture of critical events such as hard braking and a smartphone app to link business processes to drivers outside of the cab. (Courtesy: DRIVERTECH)

SALT LAKE CITY — DriverTech has launched an all-new mobile communications device, including electronic logging device capabilities, and a front-facing dash camera.

The latest DT4000 Rev 7 is the first offering in the market that combines mobile communications, compliant ELD capabilities, and a forward-facing dash cam in a single system priced under $799, according to CEO Mark Haslam.

“Our brand new seventh-generation DT4000 is a truly revolutionary device and a remarkable value for fleets,” Haslam said. “We’ve created our most powerful system ever and it is packed with new capabilities such as 100 percent more computing capacity. It installs in under 20 minutes and includes a front-facing critical event camera.”

“Our system is priced lower than many popular smartphones,” said Steve Sanderson, director of sales for DriverTech. “We see fleets looking at a wide range of ELD and video-capture technology as an additive, but not very cohesive, solution that we chose to merge into a single platform at an unbelievable price.”

Over 500 fleets use DriverTech’s software and rely on DriverTech’s backoffice Tier 1 Network Operating Center to keep their trucks and drivers in communications with fleet managers.

Beyond the new hardware, DriverTech has made multiple recent additions to its software including:

  • Video capture of critical events such as hard braking.
  • WorkFlow integrations with leading transportation management software providers.
  • A smartphone app to link business processes to drivers outside of the cab, and
  • Fleet-managed Truck Safe Navigation.

Other innovations include the ability to interface with Cummins Connected Diagnostics, and MTIS (Meritor Tire Inflation System) products.

When designing the new DT4000, stability and safety for the driver and fleet were at the forefront of the team’s mind, Haslam said.

“DriverTech retains its dedication to stability, robustness and reliability born of its roots as a development partner with the U.S. Army from 1997-2004. In fact, DriverTech has gone 11 years without a system outage.” Haslam said.

He noted that the design team for the DT4000 put a special emphasis on distracted driving and has carefully followed the SAE J2571 standard for “mode control,” which sets standards for Truck and Bus user interfaces and stipulates that certain functions are restricted while driving.

“Preventing the driver from using distracting elements of the smartphone is nearly impossible when you make the smartphone the primary driver interface for HOS or other applications,” Sanderson said. “Following SAE J2571 is the first and best method to limit distracting elements in trucks and buses providing a safer experience for drivers and assets alike.”

Founded in 1995, DriverTech is a supplier of mobile, vehicle mounted computer solutions.

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