Video telematics provider Lytx Europe has detailed some of the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision (MV) technology can improve fleet safety and simplify management.
“Dashcams have long been in use, but the introduction of AI has brought about major advances in the effectiveness of video telematics, both for drivers and for fleets,” said Damian Penney, VP of Lytx Europe.
“The combination of MV and AI helps fleets of all sizes and industries to better identify and correct risky driving behaviours, protect drivers from false claims and aid the overall security and safety of the roads.
“Lytx manages a database of more than 120 billion miles of driving data from over 1 million commercial drivers worldwide – validated by analysts who ensure that the AI is drawing the right conclusions.”
When monitoring driver behaviour, very small and subtle movements might indicate completely different things, Damian explains – for example: was that small tilt of the head a driver looking down at their lap for a moment, or are they actually falling asleep?
“Precise, accurate data means we can help answer those questions and pinpoint exactly what’s going in both in and around the vehicle,” he said.
“This includes detecting whether a driver is looking down at a mobile phone, if they are eating, drinking or smoking while driving, or if they have failed to put on their seatbelt.
“To help prevent risky behaviours from turning into anything more serious, fleet managers can empower their drivers with tools that provide essential information in real time. A dashcam that includes the MV+AI technology described above can identify if a risky behaviour has taken place and issue a real-time in-cab alert, so the driver has the opportunity to self-correct in the moment.”
It’s important that operators are able to turn to just one solution in order to gain a full picture of their fleet, Damian contends.
“If you’re already using a telematics system, then you can integrate an MV+AI system with it seamlessly.
“Using an API to smoothly integrate different solutions mean operators no longer face the hassle of managing different systems and data sets. Additionally, the ability to layer different solutions and get them to talk to one another provides greater flexibility and reduces the frequency at which you need to review (and potentially replace) what’s already in place.”
This also allows operators to do a better job of maximising existing investments, he adds.
“For example, you may have an existing GPS tracking system that has proved excellent for years, but now want to introduce video which the current supplier doesn’t offer.
“Rather than get rid of a perfectly good system, you can pick and mix, taking exactly what you need from specialist suppliers and bringing them together to create your own best-in-class solution.”