Refrigerated Carrier Goes Direct to Implementation to Expedite ROI and Safety Benefits from Fully-managed Platform
SAN DIEGO, October 4, 2017—SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that Sunstate Carriers, a premier refrigerated truckload carrier operating throughout the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest, has adopted the SmartDrive® video-based safety platform. Having first-hand knowledge of the results the SmartDrive program can provide, Sunstate management skipped a lengthy pilot program and opted to install the safety solution across its entire fleet to begin immediately protecting its drivers.
“Having tested multiple video-based safety systems at another company and selecting the SmartDrive program due to its ease of use, customization and near-immediate results, I didn’t hesitate to implement it at Sunstate without a pilot,” commented Josh Fulmer, Sunstate Carriers vice president. “I liked the ability to start with an exoneration-focused product that fits our fleet’s needs today and allows me to move to a proactive safety and coaching program when we are operationally ready. The combination of the easy-to-work-with single platform and the exceptional customer service minimized the changes for the team and allowed me to see results immediately.”
Based in Florida, Sunstate Carriers operates 130 power units with 150 refrigerated trailers and specializes in transporting temperature-controlled, time-sensitive products. A customer service-oriented company, Sunstate is committed to safety and efficiency, and recognized the power of the SmartDrive platform to reduce collision frequency, boost driver performance, exonerate drivers when not at fault and impact the bottom line.
Drivers throughout the fleet were accepting of video-based safety. “We knew that our drivers were already putting cameras in their vehicles and were familiar with the technology,” explained Fulmer. “They understand that we’re using the program to know what caused a critical event. If a driver’s habits or actions need to change, they know we will be coaching them to help ensure it does not happen again, but also understand the system is designed for their own safety first and foremost.”
“We’ve already had two accidents that were not our fault,” commented Fulmer. “All we needed to do was send the video to the other companies and they paid the damages. With the explosion of monster settlements in Florida, I’m glad we have the SmartDrive program to protect us and support our safety culture.”
“As Sunstate has demonstrated, more fleets are choosing to skip pilot programs and go straight to rollout, giving them an immediate impact to the bottom line,” said Steve Mitgang, SmartDrive CEO. “This is a testament to the value of video safety and the proven performance of our video analytics platform across hundreds of fleets and more than seven billion miles driven. There is a high cost to waiting – in fact, a recent survey by AAA confirms 63,000 crashes, 17,733 injuries and 293 deaths annually. We are proud to welcome Sunstate to the SmartDrive family and applaud their commitment to safety.”
About SmartDrive Systems
SmartDrive Systems, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Customer Value Leadership Award for Video Safety Solutions, gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI. With an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The company, which is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 200 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, and employs over 650 people worldwide.
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