In-Cab Video Recorders
September 2, 2014
Author: Ron Udelhofen, Sales Executive
As we all know there is a very strong push to make the trucking industry as safe as possible. While most fleets attempt to create a safer environment for their drivers, as well as the public, many are looking at In-Cab video recorders as a means to do that. These recording devices are just another tool a company can use to bolster its driver management programs. A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute estimates that about 800 lives could be saved, and 38,000 injuries prevented each year with this system.
What are in cab video recordings? Well, they are just that. These videos are used to capture detailed video and vehicle data during sudden stops, swerves, and collisions. The data is then downloaded and instantly sent to professional safety reviewers for their input. This real time data allows fleet managers another way to increase the effectiveness of their safety programs by reducing the risk of vehicle crashes while also improving driver skill and changing driver behavior.
While there will be arguments from both sides as to the effectiveness of this software, those companies that have implemented this program have seen drastic results. One such company has seen over a 50% reduction in the 4 key driver metrics of distraction, fatigue, seat belts, and speeding. While some companies do not realize the use of technology in the trucking industry, and are reluctant to make such investments, with Electronic Onboard Recorders (EOBRs) on the horizon, there is no doubt that technology will continue to play a large role in the trucking industry. Those that embrace and adapt will likely be poised for compliance and success, while those that do not will likely be left behind.
As companies weigh costs of investing in In-Cab Video recorders, those who have implemented these into their fleets have stated they have seen massive savings on their insurance costs, while speeding up the claims process and reducing fraud. As these types of tools continue to gain traction, the potential cost savings may be passed down the line, hopefully to the drivers’ pockets. As the shortage of drivers continues to be an issue, anything fleets can do to keep drivers safe and earn more will continue to give those fleets that do a competitive advantage.