One year after its introduction, Lytx ActiveVision is helping to eradicate distracted and drowsy driving in some of the country’s largest trucking fleets, each on a quest to get its drivers to their destinations safely.
The ActiveVision service employs machine vision technology combined with real-time in-cab alerts and video event capture to better reveal how, when and why driver distractions take place, and then delivers precise coaching insights to help the drivers improve their safety.
Swift Transportation, YRC, Melton Truck Lines and Cargo Transporters are among the top names in trucking that have adopted the ActiveVision service to help keep drivers alert and distraction-free.
Results to date show that adding ActiveVision to the DriveCam program identifies and addresses unsafe behaviors that would have previously gone undetected by standard telematics programs. Among the results, ActiveVision helped fleets detect:
- 60 percent more lane departures and the root causes behind them
- Up to 24 percent more drivers who are driving while distracted
- Up to 65 percent more events where the driver is identified as following too closely, and the root causes behind that action.
All ActiveVision triggers are in full force to help identify even more risk in fleets. ActiveVision detects line markings, road signage, and surrounding traffic and assesses if patterns related to the following driving event occur:
- Lane Departure: Leaving the lane without signaling
- Following Distance: Not enough space between driver’s vehicle and the vehicle ahead
- Critical Distance: Increased potential for impact with vehicle ahead
- In-lane Fitness: Maintaining the boundaries of a single lane
These triggers generate in-cab audio and visual alerts to signal the driver and give him or her the opportunity to correct the behavior. If the alerts go unheeded and the behavior continues, the event recorder will capture video and corresponding data for use in coaching the driver.
“Since using the ActiveVision service, we’ve been able to dramatically reduce distracted driving by sharing video events in one-on-one coaching,” said Victor Malchesky, corporate director of safety and compliance for Swift Transportation. Swift has ActiveVision deployed in 14,000 of its trucks. “Many times drivers don’t realize they have driving habits that need adjusting until they can see it in an ActiveVision event recording.”
“We adopted DriveCam with ActiveVision to protect our drivers in more ways than one,” said Sean Saunders, YRC’s senior vice president of human resources and safety. “We’re helping our drivers fine-tune their driving skills, we’re helping them stay alert and engaged behind the wheel, and with the video that DriveCam provides, we have a better understanding of the facts, which can lead to the exoneration of our drivers.”