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28 Million Risky Driving Events Caught on Camera

May 10, 2010

SAN DIEGO - Twenty-eight million risky driving events have been captured on video using an in-vehicle camera system.

SmartDrive Systems announced it topped the 28-million mark in the number of risky driving events captured by its in-vehicle SmartRecorder, used by professional fleets and corporations to improve driver performance, reduce accident claims, and save lives.

Risky driving includes fundamental driving errors - everything from failure to yield and incomplete stop at a stop sign, to unsafe lane changing and following at an unsafe distance. It also encompasses distracted or inattentive driving such as driving while talking on a mobile phone, texting, smoking or driver fatigue. The more than 28 million recorded video events in the SmartDrive Risky Driving Databank represent real-world observations that allow SmartDrive to link fundamental driving errors with contributing factors, according to SmartDrive.

When triggered by speeding, erratic maneuvers, or driver activation, the SmartRecorder saves 30 seconds of video and audio, as well as GPS location, speed, and other accelerometer and vehicle computer data no other solution captures this breadth of data for each event. This multi-dimensional information allows the company to identify the root cause of incidents. Whereas accelerometer data can detect hard braking or sudden swerves, it cannot pinpoint why the events happened - only a comprehensive solution which incorporates video, audio and other input can reveal the full event picture.

The SmartDrive Safety system has been proven to reduce risky driving by 60 percent in its first year of use, and 72 percent in the second year, according to the company.


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  1. 1. Joann [ March 01, 2012 @ 07:43PM ]

    These are good for recording accidents but as far as so called risky driving, what a joke they are. They put these cameras in the trucks where my husband works and the drivers were told that they only look at the drivers if the system is triggered by an event. BUT, the fact is that they watch the drivers a lot! They report everything as "risky" including when a driver yawns (yes they did report a driver for yawning). They said my husband was smoking when he doesn't smoke AT ALL, the only thing he had in his mouth was licorice. They even complained about the drivers using bluetooth headsets to talk on. This company is totally ridiculous! All they have done is bring company moral down and make themselves look like a joke.


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