Vehicle Safety Technologies

There is no doubt that intelligent vehicle safety technologies have made heavy trucks safer than ever before. Two such technologies that have been shown to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities, and thus help reduce operational costs – are...


Qualcomm, through its integrated Trailer Tracks wireless systems, provides timely information about load status and trailer locations for tethered and untethered trailers. This helps fleets monitor the status and location of trailers and containers in near real-time, increase driver and tractor productivity, optimize asset utilization and trailer pool inventory and maintain visibility in harsh environments.

DRIVER BEHAVIOR

Earlier this year, to help fleets reduce crashes and minimize operating costs, Zurich, one of the largest fleet insurers, began a new program that combines its in-depth understanding of fleet insurance, operations and risk engineering to create Zurich Fleet Intelligence (ZFI).

ZFI “allows fleet managers to understand the behaviors of their drivers, while also giving them access to a Zurich risk engineering specialist who can work with them to help improve their drivers’ performance, in turn helping them reduce their fleets’ operating costs and run a safer fleet,” said Paul Horgan, chief underwriting officer for Zurich Global Corporate in North America. “It really takes the benefits of telematics data to the next level.”

ZFI works by combining data from the top telematics providers with Zurich’s extensive analytical tools to turn the data into meaningful insights that can help fleet managers:

  • Optimize vehicle journey planning and deployment.
  • Reduce vehicle running costs.
  • Achieve increased fuel economy.
  • Reduce the occurrence of vehicle crashes through defensive driver training.
  • Influence future insurance premiums.
  • Improve employees’ driving skills and knowledge.
  • Reduce stress and fatigue amongst drivers through coaching and development.
  • Improve their fleet’s impact on the environment.

Zurich’s findings, as well as findings from a recent study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, show significant safety benefits and a reduction in a variety of at-risk driver behaviors when fleets use in-vehicle monitoring devices. Specifically, studies have shown that using driver behavior monitoring systems can help fleet managers to improve driver safety by reducing collisions up to 20 percent, improve efficiency by reducing costs up to 10 percent and improve CO2 emissions by reducing fuel consumption up to 11 percent.

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