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Your eyes on the road: The importance of video streaming for fleets
GPS tracking of your fleet provides you with visibility over the location of your fleet, however, it does not allow you to view actual on-site events. In the event of road accidents, fleet owners may struggle to establish how an accident unfolded and the underlying reason for the accident – all of which is crucial to accident liability and the insurance claim process. The installation of cameras in vehicles to capture the surroundings and monitor drivers in cabins are able to fill in this gap to offer further visibility to fleet owners.
Safer driving through monitoring
Drivers out on the road can be monitored through a driver monitoring system. With an in-cabin camera filming the driver, AI can be used to perform video analytics and detect risky driving practices such as when the driver’s eyes are closed or when the driver is yawning, distracted, smoking and so on.
There are many advantages from being able to engage in the live monitoring of actual driver behaviours that are displayed in the course of manoeuvring the vehicle. First of all, drivers will tend to be more conscious when they are being filmed. This will encourage them to exercise greater caution when cruising on the roads which could potentially help to reduce the incidence of road accidents due to negligence.
Driver monitoring also enables companies to engage in instant and immediate corrections at the point of detection. Some video solutions are able to trigger voice prompts via the speakers to alert the driver upon detection of risky behaviour. This allows the driver to be aware of his actions and enables the driver to correct his behaviour immediately.
Apart from instant correction, video footage of the detected risky behaviour, 5 seconds before and after the behaviour is exhibited, can be logged and uploaded to the cloud platform which provides fleet owners to keep track of such occurrences and re-train their drivers if required. Fleet owners could even reward drivers who display none to few of these risky behaviours.
The ability to monitor drivers provides fleet owners with the ability to encourage drivers to adopt safer driving habits which is a vital component in reducing road accidents. By reducing road accidents, the cost incurred from repairing damaged vehicles and compensation will be reduced. Companies can then use the money for other more important expenses such as for fuel or necessary vehicle servicing.
Accident Reconstruction and Insurance
Take for instance that one of your vehicles was involved in a road accident.
If you had a verbal statement from the drivers involved in the accident versus actual video footage of the accident, which holds more credibility? Which would be more helpful in shedding light on the lead-up to the accident and the accident itself? Most would say the video footage. People’s memory can fail at times and people can lie, however with actual video footage, they can serve as solid evidence.
Should an accident occur, a video solution for the fleet will enable companies to retrieve historical footage of the accident. Having available footage for viewing will significantly aid investigations as the vehicle surroundings and the driver’s cabin before and after the accident are captured by the cameras which provide companies with answers on how the accident took place.
A real view of actual events is a lot more comprehensive and provides irrefutable proof that can help to establish a clear picture of what had occurred and identify whose fault it is in the event of a dispute, thus protecting your drivers from liability due to fraud or false claims.
This is also particularly helpful in significantly speeding up the insurance claims process as fleet owners are now able to submit hard proof to insurance companies, which could enable them to get their payout in a shorter period of time. Fleet owners that use video streaming could also get offered a lower insurance premium by insurance companies. This is supported by how video solutions for fleets are safety measures that can help to reduce the risk of car accidents through driver monitoring and how it is able to protect fleet owners against false claims.
Video streaming for fleets is a valuable solution on many fronts with useful functionality for improving safety through driver behaviour monitoring and speeding up insurance payout processes. If you are keen to explore our very own Vision module that equips fleets with video streaming capabilities, contact us to find out more!
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