LONDON – Waltham Cross based Reynolds Catering Supplies Limited, one of the UK’s leading independent distributors of fresh produce and chilled goods, will equip its entire UK fleet with the SmartDrive system. Reynolds has been using SmartDrive’s high-tech video-capture hardware and professional incident review service since January 2007.

The initial pilot project was funded by Mitsui Sumitomo Sumitomo Insurance Limited UK, the first such motor vehicle underwriter funded project in the UK.

“SmartDrive’s system has clearly had a positive impact on our driver’s behavior, resulting in fewer collisions, less mystery damage and overall safer driving,” said Martin Wood, head of distribution at Reynolds. The Reynolds Catering fleet of vehicles includes depots in Manchester, the Midlands, Bristol, and Scotland.

The SmartDrive in-vehicle unit is mounted behind the rearview mirror and consists of two tiny cameras: one pointing forward and one pointing at the driver. SmartDrive is continuously recording, so driving activities are recorded and saved 15 seconds before the event and 15 seconds after it. The SmartDrive system also features multiple panic buttons, which allow the driver to record and document the behaviors or incidents of other drivers or passengers.

For more information, visit the SmartDrive Web site: