Page 11 - Commercial Vehicle Engineer - August 2021
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  S martDrive Systems has announced
the release of
TM SmartSense for
Inattentive Driving+, an AI-based solution for inattentive
SmartSense for Inattentive
Driving+ features integrated interior cameras and sensor technology, employs AI and computer vision to detect suspected sleep, drowsiness, mobile phone usage, smoking and general inattention - alerting drivers to take action, before a collision or other unsafe on road incident occurs.
The solution uses AI and sensor data to instantly and accurately identify inattention based on head position, eyelids being open or
shut, direction of eye gaze, phone use, etc. Utilising technology from SmartDrive, this intelligence is rooted in a 20-year history of training and informing sensors using insights and data from +300 million analysed risky driving events and +30 billion driving miles across all transport sectors.
Using two cameras built into a single unit, the solution provides visibility of the cab interior and the
driver’s face, eyes and hands to identify drowsiness, sleep, phone use, cigarette use, seatbelt use and other safety-critical behaviours.
Additional benefits include:
• Over-the-air upgrades that allow
for new capabilities to be added without costly equipment changes, continually providing improved ROI
• Easy installation that helps fleets experience immediate value
• Wide-angle and zoom-in views that provide context, so detection can be tied to the overall safety programme, aiding in determining if there are systemic issues that need to be resolved in a supportive manner, i.e., lack of sleep due to a medical or family issue.
“Inattention is a pandemic, and one that has become increasingly worse,” said Penny Brooks, SmartDrive’s UK managing director. “SmartSense for Inattentive Driving+ addresses this problem head on using advanced technologies and analytics to keep our drivers safe and help all of us get home safely.”
SmartSense for Inattentive Driving+ will be available in the UK by the end of the summer.
“All of this is being complicated by the current shortage of new vans, which is seeing vehicle order times sometimes stretching 12 months into the future. This is very much a live issue for a large part of our user base.
“Many of our customers have been asking for assistance in this area and so
we have been working on the Vehicle Replacement Planner in recent months, which we believe provides a comprehensive answer to this problem.”
The planner incorporates key factors affecting replacement such as vehicle mileage, age, total maintenance costs and the finance terms under which it is funded. These settings can be created by the user and customised to suit their existing vehicle replacement policy, or benchmark profiles created by FleetCheck can be adopted.
Golding explained the planner can be used in two ways. “Firstly, it can help fleets to identify a suitable standard replacement cycle for use across their fleet, or for different vehicle types they operate. “Secondly, it can be used in a dynamic manner where there is no standard replacement policy, showing when a vehicle is likely to need replacing based
on parameters you have set and its usage pattern over time, which is especially useful because of the pandemic.
“Used in either way, the planner indicates well into the future when replacement is likely to need to happen, so orders can be placed many months in advance, helping to ease the current shortages problem.”
The Vehicle Replacement Planner is being added free to FleetCheck’s Expert and Professional levels of fleet management software.
“Fleets have found themselves operating in the frontline of the crisis and racking up mileage at a higher rate than usual”

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