Video telematics provider Lytx is unveiling a next-generation technology designed to address distracted driving: enhanced machine vision and artificial intelligence (MV+AI) powered risk detection.
The technology is designed to provide near real-time insight into risky behaviours like using a handheld device while driving. The company cites statistics suggesting that a third of all fatal accidents in the UK involve distracted driving.
While traditional software that merely identifies G-force triggers can only be acted upon once the incident has happened, says Lytx, this technology acts like a driver’s sixth sense, constantly monitoring the road and the driver, detecting risky driving and triggering short video clips to provide insight into what’s really going on inside the vehicle.
Lytx’s risk detection technology will be included as part of its Driver Safety Suite and will initially include four MV+AI triggers: handheld device, no seatbelt, food or drink, and driver smoking.
Fleet managers can couple this with Lytx’s Fleet Tracking Service to provide a complete and integrated solution for fleets looking to optimise their vehicle technology with a single vendor.
Damian Penney, vice president and general manager for Lytx Europe, said: “Our next-generation technology equips fleet managers with the tools to proactively tackle some of the toughest problems facing their fleets and drivers, such as distracted driving.
“These new set of triggers will help managers identify even more behaviour that could lead to potentially dangerous situations.”
He continued: “Our customers are looking to MV+AI technology to help them prevent high risk behaviours from becoming road incidents, the implications of which are huge from both a personal safety and a financial perspective.
“The volume and quality of our data means our MV+AI solution is unrivalled in its accuracy, with our enhanced Driver Safety Suite able to deliver absolute peace of mind.”
Lytx says its system offers greater than 95 per cent accuracy across more than 60 risky driving behaviours. In 2019 alone, the firm labelled over 1.75 million minutes of video with mobile phone use, driver unbelted, smoking and food/drink behaviours.
The high-quality driving data collected by the system, validated by professionally trained analysts, ensures a high level of precision in training Lytx’s AI algorithms to understand which data points are most important in building an accurate picture of risk, says the company. The programme delivers prescriptive and customised coaching insights to fleet managers.
These triggers monitor for driving behaviour patterns and select short video highlights to be analysed and screened by Lytx’s artificial intelligence for accuracy.
The validated video clips are then automatically sent via a 4G LTE cellular connection from the vehicle to the cloud, where they may be viewed by a client via their Lytx account from any internet-connected computer, smartphone or tablet.
Fleet managers and drivers then have the opportunity to view these video clips using Lytx’s proprietary coaching workflow.
This programme has been proven to help change driving behaviour, says Lytx, and is associated with up to 50 per cent reduction in collisions and 80 per cent reduction in associated claims costs.
A video explaining more about the new Lytx technology, entitled ‘What does MV+AI mean for fleets?’, is available here.