Why Dash Cams are Vital to Commercial Vehicle Fleets

Years ago, commercial dash cams were primarily used by buses and police vehicles. Today, it is no longer a prerogative of big organizations and government fleets. Commercial fleet industries, like trucking or delivery services, are increasingly integrating video technology, as it’s become widely available.

Here are some of the main dash cam benefits explaining why they’re vital assets to businesses with commercial vehicle fleets.

Vision 2.0 camera on a windshield in a truck driving on a highway behind two other trucks.Fleet Complete Vision 2.0 video telematics solution: dramatization

Elimination of Fraudulent Claims & Driver Exoneration

Research shows that in almost 80% of accidents between trucks and passenger vehicles, passenger vehicles are at fault. That doesn’t mean that commercial drivers can’t take the fall, however.  

With dash cams, fleet managers can see the road just as the driver does and capture real-time footage as evidence and protection against fraudulent claims.

If your driver is not responsible for a given incident, the video evidence from your video dash cam is a valuable tool in exonerating them and ensuring their CDL is protected.

If other road users are driving haphazardly or poor road conditions are causing lower visibility, timely alerts to things like lane drifting and being to close to a vehicle in front will also provide your drivers with an added layer of risk detection.

And when driving in highly populated urban areas with more community speed safety zones, more frequent traffic lights and narrower streets, a driver’s focus is split many ways at all times. This is why having detection technology, paired with live audio feedback through the Companion Mobile App like Vision 2.0, can make a big difference in accident avoidance.

The in-vehicle camera has Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) in place that will alert to:

  • Harsh braking, acceleration & cornering
  • Lane drifting
  • Rolling stops
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating

While Driver Monitoring System (DMS) in the cabin-facing camera will help with drowsy or distracted driving.

GIF showing Lane Drifting on a Google map, a video of a truck driving from point A to point B, and a video recording of the driver.


Enhance Driver Training

When you can record it, you can also analyze it for the benefit of your crew. With video telematics solutions like Vision 2.0, you get insights into:

  • Trip history
  • Event videos playback
  • Monitoring distracted driving
  • Flagged videos to review
  • Pre-configured harsh events thresholds for different vehicle duty types
  • Multi-driver trip tracking
  • Requested download events

This way, by using dash cams, fleet managers can improve their driver coaching programs. If crucial safety events occur, managers can use the captured video to give feedback to drivers.

The Vision 2.0 dash cam solution, for instance, also offers audio feedback through the Companion Mobile App that is downloaded on the driver’s phone. So, along with video replays, these two features enable drivers to keep themselves in check. They enable the driver to review all trips in an app to monitor their improvements.

Dash cam apps also come with additional features to help enhance driver training.

Fleet Complete Vision 2.0 Dash Camera with phone on a wooden table displaying video dashboard.Fleet Complete Vision 2.0 dash cam & the Companion mobile app

 

Rewarding Safe Driving 

Some video telematics technologies for commercial fleets, like Fleet Complete’s Vision 2.0, include an analytics dashboard and a Companion Mobile App with features like:

  • Video trip review
  • Overall ranking among their peers
  • Driver Scorecards

Since fleet managers have access to this safety data, they can incentivize safe driving by running rewards programs and giving recognition to drivers who adhere to safety. 

Incentivizing safer driving has many added benefits - from lower vehicle wear and tear to reduced fuel use. Insurance premiums can also be positively affected. Many insurance companies today will give discounts if driver monitoring technologies, such as video recording, are implemented.

Ensure Fleet Security 

Most dash cams record when the ignition is on and the trip is ongoing, but there are some cameras that use standby or parked mode technology that’s activated immediately when motion is detected while the vehicle is parked. This feature is useful in catching break-in suspects, hit-and-run drivers, and vandals. 

They can even catch the license plate number of the other vehicle. The video captured by the dashcam is valuable for insurance purposes as insurance firms will accept dashcam footage in disputed claims.

The best way to ensure fleet safety is to combine your video technology with fleet tracking. The hardware inside the vehicle adds another layer of safety as it will trigger alerts to vehicle theft and continue tracking the vehicle, giving you ample time to contact authorities.

Streamline Insurance Claims and Reduce Rates

Dash cams can radically improve the insurance claims process. With clear video evidence, you can give insurance providers more context, which leads to quicker claim resolutions.  

Plus, integrating dash cams in your fleet tells insurance firms that you take fleet safety seriously. Most insurance businesses offer discounts if you install dash cams, as dash cams help to improve driver behavior and the fleet's general safety level. 

Why Dash Cam Fleets Dominate

Dash cam technology is radically changing the fleet industry for the better by ensuring vehicle and driver security and safety, saving money, and improving driver coaching programs. 

Fleet Complete's Vision 2.0 dashcam and mobile application, for one, automatically starts and stops recording at the beginning and end of each trip and then uploads captured videos to the cloud for access via the centralized web platform and app. 

The Vision 2.0 solution integrates seamlessly with Fleet Complete tracking features and gives your fleet managers an in-depth view of all trips, allowing them to review events in real-time. 

If you’d like to find out how Fleet Complete can empower your fleet, learn more by requesting our Fleet Complete demo 

If you have any questions about Fleet Complete’s dashcam solution contact us here.

Date published.   Jul 04, 2021  |  Author: Marketing FC