SmartDrive Systems has launched a new line of driver-assist sensors ‘SmartDrive SmartSense’ to identify possible driving risks and assist the drivers to prevent accidents and other potential hazards.
The solution leverages purpose-built sensors with engine computer data, telematics, accelerometer and SmartDrive analytic data to accurately detect driving risks.
The first sensor in the suite ‘SmartSense for Distracted Driving’ utilises these computer vision-based algorithms along with SmartDrive video analytics platform to provide the ideal solution for inattentive driving.
SmartDrive CEO Steve Mitgang said: “It's estimated that distracted driving accounts for 10% of all fatal crashes and 17% of all collisions that cause injuries, at a cost of at least $129bn annually.
“Given the difficulty of proving distraction as a root cause, these numbers are probably low. With SmartSense for Distracted Driving, we're tackling this issue head-on by delivering an intelligent sensor tuned specifically to this risk.
"It's estimated that distracted driving accounts for 10% of all fatal crashes and 17% of all collisions that cause injuries, at a cost of at least $129bn annually."
“And, because it's delivered with our video safety programme, fleets finally have both a comprehensive view of the frequency, severity and impact of distracted driving, and a solution to an industry epidemic that costs money and lives.”
The system can be combined with the SmartDrive programme and its Extended Recording capability, which will provide comprehensive information about driver distraction, following response and the outcome.
It will offer detailed feedback that will in turn help to devise training programmes to improve driver safety.
SmartSense for Distracted Driving that operates with the SmartDrive video analytics platform can identify distraction and inattention and triggers a video when the driver sets their eye off the road for a defined time period.
It is also equipped with purpose-built hardware with infrared sensors to detect distraction even when the driver is wearing sunglasses.
SmartSense for Distracted Driving is scheduled to be available from the first quarter of next year.