In one scenario, a mid size SUV darts across highway lanes toward an offramp, while cutting off a commercial truck before impact. Another driver of a luxury sedan in front of a truck slams on the brakes while texting on a mobile phone. These unfortunate scenarios are all too common. And without video, the commercial driver will likely be blamed for the ensuing crash.
Commercial dash cams provide powerful proof, in the form of event video, of what happened during a truck crash or near miss. The snippets provide the needed context to exonerate commercial drivers who may not be at fault. But the latest iteration of systems are taking it a step further. By using edge processing, machine vision and other AI-based features, these new systems help fleet drivers prevent accidents before they occur. These systems process road and driver-facing views instantaneously and provide in-cab voice alerts for the driver to correct risky driving in near real time. Video telematics systems are helping businesses avoid disruptions; lower risk; and reduce vehicle downtime. They also provide the crucial evidence that can save a trucking or field service business from costly and devastating consequences, such as a “nuclear” jury verdict, severe injuries to employees, and higher insurance premiums. Video provides the power to inform.