The unit houses both a road-facing and infrared driver-facing camera. Simultaneously capture road- and driver-view video footage linked to an event, without risk of tampering.
An optional two cameras can be mounted to the outside of the vehicle – the position is up to you. These cameras are water-, dust- and tamper-proof. They can be placed up to 25 meters away.
Initially only low-resolution videos are uploaded to save on download time and bandwidth costs. High-resolution video versions of every video is stored and easily available for download. Alternatively, you can choose the MiX Vision HD option. This option gets you two cameras (one road-facing and one driver-facing) that only captures high-definition video footage and supports LTE.
Where supporting footage is needed, you can request high-resolution video slips from the previous 72-hour period of a vehicle being in-trip. These clips are 2:30 minutes in length.
Most fleet managers implement in-cab cameras to prevent crashes and improve the overall safety of their fleets. Using video footage, you can gain a better understanding of how and why crashes occur.
With motor vehicle accidents being the leading cause of workplace deaths across all industries, these are important benefits of fleet management, and dash cams are a part of that. However, there are many other unexpected uses and benefits of in-cab cameras. Here are some of the unexpected uses and benefits of fleet dash cams.
In-Cab Video Monitoring Systems (IVMS) often have cab and forward-facing cameras that record video at the time of an event. They capture a video clip, about several seconds long, that reveals what was going on inside and outside the cab when a driving event happened. Driving events can be configured and generally include the driver behavior such as: speeding, corner handling, harsh acceleration and deceleration.
MiX Vision captures 72 hours of video. The allows you to review video and understand what happened before and after any events that happen within that 72-hour time frame. Issues such as speaking or texting on a mobile phone become more easily detectable.
You get an integrated comprehensive IVMA that lets you easily evaluate driver behavior and fleet efficiency. Because the system is fully integrated, you can automatically add videos to your driver’s profiles for easy coaching tied to specific reports of specific triggered events. This puts the video information where you need it when reviewing driver behavior and assessing your fleet’s risk.
Video is a useful tool both for investigating accidents and for pinpointing unsafe driving habits such as speeding, hard braking, harsh acceleration, and corner handling. With MiX Vision’s integrated in-cab video monitoring, you can add video to your driver safety scoring reports. You can use this to help your drivers learn about safe driving and how to improve.
Video gives you unprecedented insight (and irrefutable evidence) into what occurred in the cab and around the vehicle at the time of an incident. The video can be viewed along with a timeline, giving you richer context and helping to determine the true cause of an incident.
With MiX Vision, you can significantly reduce the amount and severity of crashes in your fleet. Mix Vision constantly monitors driving behaviors and coaches drivers in real-time when unsafe events are triggered. The coaching prompts drivers to correct their behavior.
MiX Vision offers driver scoring reports that rank your drivers based on the type and number of events triggered. The video can be attached to scoring reports, making it easy for you to sit and review driving habits and behavior with your drivers. This makes coaching drivers and enforcing your driving policies—both key to preventing and reducing crashes—easier and more consistent.
Increasingly, fleet managers are trying to determine if video will be helpful or harmful to their company should their vehicles be involved in a crash, especially when the crash involves an injury or fatality. Used correctly, video simply adds another tool to improve overall safety and reduce risk.
In addition to improving driver training, video can help you quickly determine if your driver, and therefore your business, is at fault or not. This information is extremely useful in determining how to handle accident claims: settle the claim quickly to reduce cost or contest the claim knowing the video will exonerate your company and driver from fault.
Insurers know the value of in-cab video camera solutions, especially those integrated with an IVMS solution. Insurers understand that fleets that use these tools lower their incident rates, and they appreciate the video evidence that supports subrogate claims. This can help reduce your insurance rates.
According to an American Trucking Associations (ATA) report based on data from several large studies by government agencies and other agencies, more often than not, car drivers were responsible for accidents between cars and trucks. For instance, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 81% of the time car drivers were at fault, compared to 27% of the time for truck drivers. Many crashes involving a commercial truck and a smaller vehicle were the fault of the driver of the smaller vehicle.
Since it is hard to contradict video evidence, in-cab cameras play an important role in proving who was at fault in a car driver/truck driver accident where there may be conflicting accounts. The ability to definitively demonstrate what happened can save you from having to go through expensive legal battles, so there is less loss of productivity and your driver can go back to work more quickly, once they have recovered.
If your fleet delivers passengers or cargo, a fleet management dash cam can help you improve efficiencies, meet deadlines, and increase customer satisfaction. By using features such as live streaming, you’ll know exactly where your drivers are, and what jobs they are busy with, so you won’t have to call them to get an update on their status. You can let your customers know when to expect their deliveries, if an accident or some other delay occurs. You’ll know more accurately when there is a delay and can take action to rectify it.
If you get regular reports from your drivers to measure their job performance, you can use in-cab cameras to ensure you get the full story. For instance, if a driver had a hard time completing a job on time, and they cited traffic as the reason, you can check this by looking at the video footage recorded on the commercial dash cam.
In addition, you can choose to have external cameras installed, so you can monitor how long it takes to load and unload cargo and how well it is being done. You can use this information to determine if it can be done more efficiently and faster. This will further help you improve your delivery ties and could even increase overall output, boosting overall profitability.
An in-cab camera can be a great way to train drivers on how to be safer on the road and reduce or eliminate risky behaviors. It takes the emotion out of the equation, since it is hard to argue with a video. Sometimes drivers may not believe or realize that they are participating in risky behaviors because they have become a habit and they do it without thinking. When they see the video evidence, it is hard to refute.
For the most part, in-cab dash cams record footage when a predetermined event is triggered. As soon as that event happens, you can review it and decide whether the driver needs to be called in to discuss the footage. You can then provide relevant training based on the discussion. You can also create a program that assigns scores to your drivers based on their performance, distinguishing between bad and good drivers. You can then reward or retrain as appropriate.
We don’t know for sure if thieves are deterred when they see an in-cab camera in one of your vehicles, but we do know that a driver-facing camera makes it easier to catch them in the act and find out who they are.
Cargo and vehicle damage can be reduced or prevented with in-cab video. When drivers know that there is fleet dash cam present, it may encourage them to be more careful–both when driving and when loading or unloading cargo. Also, if a third-party damages one of your vehicles while it's parked or when the driver is not around, the video footage can show that it wasn’t the driver’s fault.
If one of your vehicles is stolen, you can switch to live streaming from the in-cab camera and get an accurate screen grab of who has stolen the vehicle and what is being done to it. If you combine it with a telematics tracking system, you can see the exact location of the vehicle as it travels.
Of course, there is the possibility that a thief may spot the in-cab camera and try to disable it. However, MiX Vision is virtually tamper-proof. Also, even if a thief manages to disable the camera, video footage is automatically sent and saved to a central storage system when an incident occurs.
Major commercial vehicle insurers often give incentives such as lower premiums and lower claims costs, to companies that install in-cab video technology in their fleets. The reasons for this is twofold. First, insurance companies are seeing the safety benefits of in-cab video. Secondly, they realize that it is a great analysis tool for fleets to improve their efficiency.
If you transport cargo, no matter what kind, external cameras can be a great option. If you point these cameras to where cargo is loaded or unloaded, you can assure your customers that their valuables are being treated with care and respect. Also, should a customer’s cargo be damaged in some way and the blame shifts to your drivers, you can use the video footage to prove whether or not they are at fault.
MiX Vision combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning driven reporting can analyze driver behavior and road conditions in real-time. It then sends alerts and insight to managers, giving them the information they need to improve driver safety and lower fleet costs.
This traditional way of reporting puts the responsibility of data analysis solely on the shoulders of the fleet manager. However, recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are set to shake up and improve the way reporting has been done up until now.
Hearing the words “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning” being used can be daunting. Although the research and processes behind these are indeed complicated, understanding the concepts is not.
AI focuses on creating intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Scientists are aiming to create machines that possess human traits such as reasoning, problem solving, learning, planning, perception, speech recognition and even the manipulation and movement of objects.
AI is not just a thing of the future. You can already see it at work in everyday life with spam and email filters, smart personal assistants, automated responders, chatbots, predictive searches in Google and much more.
A core component of AI is machine learning. This application gives machines the ability to learn and improve from experience, without the need to be explicitly programmed to do so. This is done through having machines observe the world around them and analyzing existing data. They search for patterns within the data and observations and learn how to make future decisions based on the examples they’ve been given. The more these machines analyze, dissect and observe, the more intelligent and self-sufficient they become. And just like searches in Google, they become better at understanding what you want and need.
Now this machine learning is making its way into telematics. Even though consultations have always been a critical part of telematics implementation, machine learning will elevate its role. With this technology at the disposal of the telematics industry, the information that consultations provide can be utilized even more effectively and, consultations will be a core process that helps define and redefine KPIs on a continuous basis.
Machine learning can use the current driver, vehicle and environmental data that telematics devices collect and combine it with historical facts to recognize patterns. The resulting information will facilitate predictive analysis.
Despite the name insinuating that it can tell you what will happen in the future, it actually forecasts future probabilities. Predictive analysis can be used in a multitude of ways in telematics.
First, the MiX Vision’s in-cab camera begins recording and identifies unsafe driving. The driver is alerted with in-cab coaching and the incident is automatically uploaded to your dashboard. The video is added to the driver’s profile. Using data collected from the video, and other driver behavior, you can create coaching and training programs that lower costs, improve safety, and saves lives.
With predictive analysis, you can take past driver behavior data to predict future behavior. So, drivers who have exhibited certain behaviors in the past, such as speeding or following too closely, can be flagged as being more likely to be involved in a crash. These drivers can then be given appropriate training or corrective coaching to help them improve their driving and reduce the safety risk they pose.
Predictive analysis can also go a long way with helping to understand crashes and why they occur. Using historical data, it can tell where crashes happen most often, what conditions usually correlate with crashes and what road users are most vulnerable. This information can be used to put preventative measures in place to minimize crash risk. Such data can also be passed on to local authorities as a means of communicating which roads or areas need maintenance or are experiencing unusually high traffic.
Predictive analysis can help determine more efficient routes so that only the closest vehicle to a job location gets sent, avoiding long travel times and unnecessary trips. This system can also look at travel times and determine at what times of the year traffic is heavier on frequently used routes due to events in a particular area or other circumstances. This can aid fleet managers in adjusting routes seasonally to keep productivity steady throughout the year.
It might help to reduce the number of vehicles you need by indicating which vehicles are hardly being used or not at all. These vehicles can then be sold to greatly reduce costs. In addition, the analysis of driver hours can be used to notify a you when a driver is approaching their maximum number of hours or have hours left. Then you can schedule your drivers accordingly, ensuring that your fleet is compliant, your drivers get rest when they need it, and there is no staffing shortfall when jobs need to be completed.