Video Telematics… Everything you need to know!
Video telematics systems have evolved dramatically from basic vehicle cameras to a multitude of data providing an in-depth understanding of both vehicle and driver information.
What is video telematics?
Video telematics is the combination of video data integrated with vehicle data, providing insightful knowledge into how your fleet is operating when out on the road.
Video telematics involves the installation of a camera system with the ability of a full 360° road view, AI technology, in-cab recordings and alerts, collision reconstruction and sensors around the vehicle to detect when an incident has occurred. This is linked to the vehicle telematics system to provide video and vehicle data, which can all be accessed from a remote location away from the vehicle.
The difference between dash cams and video telematics is dash cams are just a basic level of video with limited visibility and providing little to no data on the driver and vehicle. Video telematics can give you full clarity on any incidents, providing context on driver and vehicle behaviour before, during and after the incident.
The information taken from the video telematics doesn’t only just improve vehicle and driver efficiency but can also ensure fleet safety of the driver and other road users. Fleet managers have started to adopt video telematics system in their fleet to protect their human and physical assets.
Benefits of video telematics
Video telematics is essential for fleet safety and management and there are many benefits to why fleet managers are installing video telematics into their vehicle which include:
Improving driver safety
One of the key benefits to video telematics solutions is improved driver safety through the advanced technology now in the camera systems. Many systems now have AI (Artificial Intelligence) which can detect when a driver is distracted or driving unsafe and will give in-cab alerts signalling to the driver to correct their behaviour and warn them of their unsafe driving. This is critical in the safety of drivers and other road users as in-cab alerts act as an accident prevention system, avoiding any potential accidents before they happen.
Improve driver training
Evaluating driver performance and acting upon the data taken from the video telematics is another benefit of using video telematics in a fleet. The video and vehicle data can be used in coaching drivers a to improve their behaviour when out on the road not only to improve road safety but also vehicle efficiency and cost. These insightful data points which can be shown to drivers can show a visual of what good and bad driving habits look like to encourage better driving habits from drivers.
Through the Geotab telematics system drivers will receive their own driver safety scorecard which is scored on harsh breaking, harsh acceleration, harsh cornering speeding and seat belt usage. This data is useful for driver training and highlighting the key areas of improvement on a driver-by-driver basis. Linked with the camera system, fleet managers can use real time video footage alongside the driver data captured through Geotab to show a visual representation to provide context to the incident to further assist in driver training. The driver safety scorecard data can be used as an incentive for drivers to drive safer and improve behaviour by creating a competition for the safest drivers and reward those drivers who have safe driving habits.
Reduced Insurance Premiums
Video telematics are essential in any insurance claim. Any 50/50 claims or fraudulent claims can easily be resolved through the video telematics as you will be able to provide video and vehicle data. As well as providing video evidence of an incident, your fleet is able to receive collision reconstruction through the Geotab telematics solution to further support your claim. The collision reconstruction provides critical data including trips history, collision and log data, speed profile, accelerometer and RPM graphs. This data can be used alongside the video footage to support any claims about an accident and assist with FNOL (First notification of loss).
With the advanced technology now in video telematics, compliance has never been easier to manage. Now with in-cab recordings and live in-cab alerts, drivers can be warned when breaking the law to ensure they are complying with the law. Seat-belt usage, speeding, drinking or eating when driving or the driver using their phone whilst driving can all be detected through the video telematics, allowing fleet managers to manage driver on complying with company policies and the law.
Direct Vision Standard (DVS) compliance
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is a new scheme designed to reduce deaths and injuries involved HGVs. London is leading the way with the global programme, with the goal to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries caused by road collisions by 2041. A major contributor to deaths and injuries with HGVs and other road users are the number of blind spots with an HGV. All lorries over 12 tonnes will need to hold a valid HGV safety permit to operate in London or risk a £550 fine. More cities will soon adopt the scheme to ensure road user safety.
What is the Driver Vision Standard
The DVS measures the driver’s view through the windows of an HGV indicating the level of risk to nearby pedestrians and cyclists. Each vehicle will be issued a star rating of zero to five, zero meaning the driver’s vision of a pedestrian is obscured within 4.5 meter of the cab side and a five-star vehicle would afford direct vision of pedestrians and other road users directly next to the vehicle. Any vehicle rated zero stars must be installed with improvements to satisfy the DVS ‘safe system’. However, in 2024 the requirements will become stricter with the rating rising to three stars.
At LEVL we work with best-in-industry video telematics partners and can provide a solution to meet your requirements for any type of camera system including 360, AI systems, 360 systems and fully approved DVS compliant packages. All of the solutions that we provide are fully integrated to the MyGeotab platform with single sign on capability.
If you want more information on video telematics or are interested in integrating camera solutions into Geotab telematics click below!
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