New Trimble driver monitoring system puts spotlight on road safety
Dubbed Driver Safety, the monitoring system scrutinises the thousands of manoeuvres and actions made during drivers' journeys and provides feedback to both employees and employers.
In the vehicle, drivers are given pointers on their safety performance via audible beeps and red, amber and green lights in the cab.
Back at the office, Driver Safety relays real-time safety information back to managers to see how well or poorly their vehicles and drivers are performing.
If a driver is travelling too fast, braking too harshly, accelerating quickly or even cornering too severely the system will warn the person at the wheel. The system reports specific violations and averages driving events over distance and time to create a safety score.
If the driver sees a green light, the vehicle is being handled within acceptable guidelines, an amber light is a warning and a red light alerts the driver to stop dangerous or unacceptable practices.
This detailed breakdown of how vehicles are being handled can then enable fleet managers to make recommendations on how driver skills can be improved. Excellent driving skills can also be identified and rewarded.
'The platform we have developed will spark a revolution in the way fleet vehicles are driven. The safety advantages and economic and CSR benefits are clear,' said Andrew Yeoman, MD of Trimble MRM in Europe.
'Driver Safety doesn’t just mean the safety of a fleet driver but of all road users. If the thousands of fleet drivers on our roads are driving more carefully thanks to technology then the benefits can be felt by more than just the driver.'