In-cab video: It's all about driver safety
Integrated in-vehicle recording systems have been proven to save fleet owners and managers plenty in time and money Ð but the biggest benefit affects the drivers themselves: in-cab video can help prevent accidents and save lives.
So how exactly do in-vehicle monitoring systems (IVMS) affect driver safety? Driver buy-in is key Ð and one of the best ways to do this is by helping them to understand that video is not being used to spy on them while they're at work.
Indeed, when in-cab videos are combined with other vehicle and/or driver data, they can provide extremely valuable insights into driver behavior and help owners incentivize responsible drivers. But there's more to it that just that.
Real learning comes from real scenarios
Absolutely, video data and visual evidence can help in an accident investigation but it can also be used when it comes to driver training and coaching.
Fleet managers want to equip their drivers with the skills they need to handle any event on the road. Sometimes these scenarios are typed up and presented as a written report, but visual footage of the events leading up to and after an accident is often far more effective when it comes to coaching.
Incorporating the visual evidence collected by in-cab cameras into driver training sessions has been proven to have a positive impact on drivers' overall attitudes towards their behaviors on the road.
In-cab cameras are not managements' eye in the sky
In-vehicle cameras are constantly recording, but this footage is not being constantly monitored and checked in real-time. The idea behind an IVMS is that recorded footage is only transmitted upon request or when a specific event triggers its transmission Ð there has to be a reason for the visual evidence to be watched.
However, video can be taken into account when it comes to scoring driver safety. Use it as a visual aid to educate drivers about safe behavior and support them in learning how to improve.
Coaching in real time
Perhaps the biggest benefit of in-cab video for drivers is the capability these IVMS solutions have to monitor driving behavior and alert drivers in real-time when unsafe events are triggered. Depending on the exact IVMS option used, warnings could be beeps or a combination of verbal and visual cues and would encourage drivers to self-correct.