New Drivewyze Safety+ service provides proactive alerts to prevent violations, crashes

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Drivewyze Safety on ELD
The new customizable Safety+ service from Drivewyze builds on the company’s existing Safety Notifications Service and can be used on ELDs, tablets or smartphones. (Courtesy: Drivewyze)

DALLAS — Drivewyze has launched Safety+, a new fleet safety service that provides customizable, proactive driving alerts and context-based driver coaching features.

The Safety+ service, delivered through the Drivewyze software platform available on more than 2 million electronic logging devices (ELDs), requires no additional in-cab hardware. The new service builds on the existing Drivewyze Safety Notifications service, which warns drivers through audible and visual cues of approaching areas where caution is required. Safety+ also offers new back-office tools that allow fleets to create their own customized driver alerts. In addition, the service offers safety analytics to monitor driver behavior and improve driver coaching.

Based on Drivewyze’s patented context-based driver coaching technology, Safety+ leverages real-time in-cab notifications and driver behavior at high-risk areas and analyzes driver performance to identify best-of-class drivers and those that require additional training. Safety+ is available as a stand-alone safety service or can be integrated into a fleet’s existing driver safety platforms.

“This provides a fleet with powerful, proactive in-cab notification tools before a crash or violation occurs,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze. “Safety+ fills a gap in our industry by providing customizable in-cab safety notifications and a hardware-free driver coaching service accessible and affordable to fleets of all sizes. We improve road safety where and when drivers need it most. And, we give fleet managers actionable intelligence on how drivers respond to in-cab alerts — allowing for results-oriented driver training.”

According to Heath, Safety+ can help prevent speeding violations by warning drivers of upcoming “high-citation zones,” or provide alerts for dangerous curves and corners.

“Managers can easily create their own alerts for their own trouble zones,” he said. “And, at the end of the day, Drivewyze Safety+ even lets your drivers know the number of parking spaces available at an upcoming rest area in select states.”

According to Heath, numerous fleets beta-tested Drivewyze Safety+ and the reaction was “extremely positive. It confirmed that this type of proactive service is needed,” he said, adding that test fleets saw a 27% reduction in speeding events (for drivers going at least 5 mph over the speed limit).

“Safety+ offers a simple, integrated approach to driver monitoring and coaching. It combines driving data at the riskiest locations with real-time in-cab driver training for safety managers wanting a turnkey solution or to augment existing safety programs,” he said.

“Our alerts can help prevent unsafe driving practices from happening in the first place. The results of targeted intervention are compelling,” he continued. “In a two-year study with a major trucking company involving thousands of trucks, alerts for high rollover curves resulted in speeds being reduced by 17%. In addition, data showed that unsafe drivers identified by Safety+ were 400% more likely to be in an accident than their peers.”

In addition to the alerts already included Drivewyze’s standard Safety Notifications Service, the Safety+ service offers the following:

Risk zone alerts: Developed in relationship with state and provincial safety agencies the service includes a set of more than 2,500 high-risk areas that typically give truckers problems. More sites will be added each month.

Proactive speed alerts: These alerts, based on citation history from law-enforcement agencies, warn drivers who are traveling too fast in known high-citation areas to slow down, improving driver behavior and averting possible speeding tickets.

Custom zones: Fleet managers can identify and geo-fence their own high-risk areas or other areas of importance to deliver custom in-cab messaging.

Dynamic parking alerts: This feature, initially available in nine states (with more expected to be added soon), provides in-cab messaging with the actual number of parking spots available, in real-time, so drivers can make the decision to continue on to the rest area, or look for alternative parking.

Drivewyze Safety+ is available through Drivewyze ELD partners, or on tablets and smartphones, and is available as a standalone service or as part of a bundle with Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service. Information from Drivewyze Safety+ can be integrated into existing safety programs via a full set of reporting APIs.

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