Penske Logistics announced that it is implementing a video-based safety program in more than 2,800 of its heavy-duty trucks across the company’s North America operations.
The program includes event-triggered onboard cameras from SmartDrive that face inside the truck cab and outward to the road, along with an ongoing driver-safety coaching program, according to the company.
“We’re committed to running a safe fleet and strive to ensure that our truck drivers are equipped with the latest fleet safety technology, late-model vehicles and ongoing safety coaching,” explained Penske Logistics President Marc Althen. “This new safety technology allows us to take our dedicated carriage fleet safety to another level to the benefit of the motoring public, our drivers and customers.”
The new video-based safety program enhances other safety-related technologies increasingly deployed within the Penske Logistics dedicated carriage fleet, including: backup alarms; collision-avoidance and lane-departure systems; stability-control systems; air disc brakes; electronic driver logs; onboard telematics and vehicle diagnostics systems; speed governors; and advanced-visibility LED headlights.
“A key component of this technology is the ongoing driver-safety coaching program that accompanies it,” Penske Logistics Vice President of Safety Jason Herr said. “Using the footage, we’re able to review incidents and coach drivers to be better and safer drivers. During a pilot program last year, results of the video-based safety program proved promising, as we saw significant reductions in total incidents and improved safety scores for our truck drivers at all locations.”
The new cameras don’t record unless triggered by an event when the vehicle is in operation, according to Penske Logistics. The combination of inward- and outward-facing cameras provides for a wide-ranging view of the driver’s behavior. The footage also can be used for exoneration and reconstruction purposes, the company noted.