Penske Video-Based TechnologyApril 17, 2018
Truck companies across the country are developing new technology aimed at making their heavy-duty trucks safer, and less likely to cause the devastating accidents that can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Penske Logistics recently introduced their latest development in truck safety, a video-based safety program, which will be used in more than 2,800 large trucks across its North America Operations. The technology uses event-triggered onboard cameras that face inside the truck and out towards the road, combined with a driver safety coaching program.
New Program Enhances Current Technologies
According to the Penske Logistics President, this new program provides truck drivers with the latest fleet technology. The safety coaching ensures that the technology is being used properly, and that truck drivers become better, safer drivers.
Penske has already been utilizing other effective safety technologies, including collision avoidance systems, lane departure systems, air disc brakes, stability control systems, electronic driver logs, onboard telematics, vehicle diagnostics systems, and advanced visibility LED lights.
The new video-based safety program complements these existing technologies, elevating their trucks to another level. This is expected to benefit their truck drivers, as well as customers and drivers who share the road with these massive vehicles.
The driver safety coaching program is particularly valuable, according to the Penske Logistics Vice President, because it allows them to review specific incidents, and provide feedback to the drivers on how to better handle a particular situation.
After a pilot program that was held last year, the results showed a significant reduction in total incidents. In addition, truck drivers from all locations had improved safety scores. Penske Logistics trains their truck drivers using the Smith System, which is well known throughout the trucking industry as a leading defensive driving program.
New Camera Capabilities
The new cameras will only record if they are triggered by an event while the truck is moving. The cameras are able to capture a wider view in the cab and outside of the truck, for a more comprehensive perspective on the truck driver’s behavior. This footage can be used for numerous scenarios, including exoneration and reconstruction purposes.
Truck accidents are some of the most devastating wrecks that occur on roads and highways across the country. They often result in massive property damage and severe, frequently fatal injuries. As truck companies continue to develop new safety technologies, it will make sharing the roads with these large trucks much safer.
When used with other existing technologies, the video-based safety program that Penske has introduced provides a more comprehensive approach to running a safe fleet.
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