In-Cab alerts for driver safety

In-cab video systems use A.I. to reduce risky driving within a fleet in several important ways, but arguably their most powerful impact comes with the use of in-cab alerts – spoken warnings to drivers to slow down, stop touching their phone, and other risky behaviors.

These alerts help drivers refocus on the road ahead, providing automated coaching in real time that can often prevent an accident from taking place.

As the statistics show, distracted driving continues to be a persistent challenge for fleet managers. Here are a few:

  • Accidents involving large trucks have increased 49% in the last 10 years.
  • Large trucks account for 9% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes, while they are only 5% of registered vehicles.
  • 20% of fatal crashes are caused by distracted driving, including cell phone use.

AI-powered dashcams are transforming fleet safety, by delivering real-time analytics and coaching. They leverage AI to capture and analyze behavior and events, then alert drivers in real time. They increase the awareness of both fleet managers and drivers themselves regarding unsafe habits such as distracted driving or harsh braking. 

Let’s take a closer look at these alerts, which can be used on the road- or driver-facing view. Each has their own set of triggers.

Driver-Facing Alerts

The driver-facing camera is like having a copilot watching out for risky behavior. This AI-powered camera analyzes things such as the driver’s head position and how she interacts with objects such as a cell phone. If the driver’s attention seems elsewhere for an extended period, the camera sounds a spoken in-cab alert, so the driver known which behavior to correct.

But how does this camera know what’s normal for a driver? It’s all in the calibration. In the first 30 seconds of hitting the road and then every 30 minutes after that, the camera gets a read on the driver’s typical head position and behavior. This helps the AI understand what’s normal for that driver.

The driver-facing triggers are usually activated when the vehicle is traveling over 25 mph and can include warnings for:

  1. Fatigue: When the driver becomes sleepy, assessed by yawns and/or closing eyes for at least 2 seconds.
  2. Distraction: When the driver is not focusing on the road, assessed by if the driver looks away from the road for at least 2 seconds.
  3. Smoking: When the driver is smoking while driving, including electronic cigarettes. This is assessed by whether the driver holds a cigarette shape close to their face for at least 2 seconds. 
  4. Taking a call: When the driver handles a cell phone or receives a call when driving. The alert is triggered when the driver holds the shape of a phone up to their face for at least 2 seconds.

Road-Facing Alerts

The road-facing camera monitors driving behavior and the vehicle’s proximity to other road users. Here are examples of possible alerts:

  1. Tailgating: If the vehicle is dangerously close to the vehicle in front and the driver does not have enough time to stop if the vehicle in front slows down. Also triggered if the vehicle in front enters the driver’s lane suddenly. Usually triggered at speeds above 37 mph.
  2. Lane departure: Some systems provide an alert if the vehicle drifts across one of the highway lane markers.
  3. Pedestrian ahead: If the vehicle is traveling at least 6 mph and gets too close to a pedestrian or cyclist.

Gaining visibility into unsafe behaviors with this AI-based technology helps your fleet managers reduce risk and offers the peace of mind knowing your drivers are safe and productive on the road. 

Using these systems can substantially reduce risk. Several systems in the industry may be able to provide a:

  • 50% drop in road collisions
  • 40% decrease in at-fault collisions
  • 50% reduction in vehicle damage
  • 80% cut in risky driver behavior

Learn more about how EnVue Telematics can help your business improve driver safety and decrease collisions. Get a customized plan from one of our sales advisors today.

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