Talking safety with Teletrac Navman

By Categories: Commercial NewsPublished On: Thursday 23 May 2024

Barney Goffer of Teletrac Navman

Teletrac Navman has highlighted the impact on vehicle operators of the forthcoming alterations to Direct Vision Standard rules (DVS) set to take effect in October.

“While this is aimed at the greater good of improved safety for all road users, these legislative changes can have a huge impact on fleets going in and out of Greater London, so we’re here to help businesses adapt and comply efficiently,” said Barney Goffer, UK product manager at Teletrac Navman.

“Operators still have time to make the necessary modifications if their vehicles don’t qualify: the first thing fleet operators need to do is check their HGV’s star rating, which can be done via the Transport for London website.

“If the vehicle does not qualify, modifications would have to be made – this means installing additional safety hardware and software solutions, before re-applying for their permit with supporting evidence.

“New policy and laws can be overwhelming to fleet operators, and Teletrac Navman’s experts can advise decision makers on how best to comply. New tech solutions can really make a difference and drive progress towards a safer and more streamlined operation in line with new laws.”

Teletrac Navman says its smart camera range has wide viewing angles and the latest technology to help drivers detect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and people on scooters.

“The cameras adopt deep learning technology to offer smart and high-precision vulnerable road user detection at the front, side and rear of the vehicle in real time. Visual and audio alerts can also be configured, to warn drivers of potential risks or collisions,” said the company.

“Smart cameras are an essential driving aid and are suitable for larger vehicles such as HGVs, buses and vans. Cameras can also replace a side-scan system.”

Teletrac Navman also highlights further benefits of its camera range, which it says receives regular updates and upgrades.

“Earlier this year, we brought out the release of driver distraction, cell phone usage, and drowsy driver detection to our AI-powered camera range,” said Barney.

“The camera’s video telematics capabilities can identify behaviour, such as mobile phone use, erratic head movements and gaze deviations, and help the driver maintain focus on the road. For driver fatigue, continuous monitoring of physiological indicators, such as eye closure duration and head position, triggers timely alerts to combat drowsiness and fatigue-related collisions.

“The system’s Drowsy Driving detection feature addresses the critical issue of driver fatigue by analysing eye closure duration to detect signs of drowsiness, providing timely alerts.

“The suite’s Cell Phone Distraction Monitoring is designed to combat the dangers of mobile phone-related distractions, by detecting when drivers hold their phones to their ears for a specified duration, taking proactive measures to discourage illegal behaviour and promote a safer driving environment.

“In cases when distraction, cell phone use or drowsiness is detected, and the time parameters are met, an alert is triggered to the driver. They’ll hear an audible spoken word alert and to the back-office team as an event with footage and telematics data in TN360, Teletrac Navman’s fleet management system.”

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