Waiver granted to SmartDrive allowing lower windshield mounting for driver assist camera
FMCSA says SmartDrive’s camera housing is 3.7 inches wide by 5.2 inches tall and will be mounted in the approximate center of the windshield. The agency also received a request from Navistar for its ADAS to be mounted lower on the windshield that regulations allow.
April 17, 2019
35-year trucker Joe Bartlette got a seatbelt ticket — until this video got it thrown out
There’s several ways to contest a ticket received at the roadside, chief and perhaps most effective among them just having video or other evidence that clearly refutes whatever the officer is claiming. … Cue the case of Decker Truck Line hauler Joe Bartlette of Grandville, Mich.
March 20, 2019
‘Nudging versus nagging’: A central consideration in growing sophistication of video-based coaching and monitoring
New-gen video systems attempt to avoid what has been something of a prevailing sentiment among truckers to date about all manner of active-feedback-type systems, whether utilizing video machine vision or not: That such accountrements piled on top of in-cab and basic truck technology might be a nuisance at best.
December 19, 2018
Prominent dashcam provider petitions FMCSA to allow lower windshield mounting
Regulations require vehicle safety technologies to be mounted not more than four inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers. SmartDrive says its ADAS should be mounted approximately eight inches below the upper edge of the area swept by windshield wipers.
November 28, 2018
Penske Logistics adds driver-facing, road-facing cameras to trucks
The new cameras only record if triggered by an event while the truck is in use. The cameras add to Penske’s existing safety technologies, including backup alarms, collision avoidance and lane departure systems, stability control systems and more.
April 3, 2018
Oakley Transport’s move to video-event recorders, safety-score incentive pay and more
While such multi-camera systems are often touted for their safety- and driver-exoneration (in the event of an accident) capabilities, food-grade liquid tank hauler Oakley’s use has resulted in a recently announced monthly per-mile pay bonus for a majority of the fleet’s drivers.
March 14, 2018
A potential role for cameras and wearables in regulating drowsy driving
Until very recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has largely ignored fatigue monitoring technology, and therefore any potential it has for a significant revision of the hours of service. Instead, regulators for decades have tinkered with the hours of service as if it were a magic template to solve the fatigue problem for every […]
November 21, 2017
SmartDrive multi-cam video platform to detect fatigue/distraction
SmartDrive’s new SmartSense for Distracted Driving program, available in Q1 2018, employs video/processing power to detect “distraction, inattention or drowsiness.” When the system does, it “triggers a video, which is prioritized and offloaded for immediate verification and intervention.”
October 31, 2017
Truckers recognized during Driver Appreciation Week
123Loadboard is offering free annual subscriptions to 2,000 truckers, SmartDrive is recognizing drivers using its driver coaching system that are most improved, and children acknowledge their trucking families in an essay contest by Acuity Insurance.
September 14, 2017
High-touch fatigue monitoring: Too close for comfort?
How do you feel about driver-facing cameras? Or wearable devices that assess your alertness and project how quickly it will decline?
September 11, 2017
Don Cuddeback shows how to avoid a head-on collision
Watch: Headed toward the last stop before his ultimate destination, Fraley & Schilling driver Cuddeback was on an “access road to the plant,” a pretty narrow road, and “coming around a curve here come some lights lined up square with my truck.” …
August 30, 2017
Guy Pippin’s run-in with a distracted four-wheeler on I-49 in La.
Accident in the side-view mirror: Bulldog Hiway Express driver Pippin was northbound, approaching the scene of another accident that had occurred on the southbound side of the road, when a “brown Toyota pickup was barreling up through there and locked up the brakes and hit the trailer.”
March 15, 2017
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