Video telematics provider SmartDrive has developed new SmartSense “intelligent driver-assist” sensors to detect unsafe speeds in bad weather conditions and “sitting duck” events.
Knight-Swift Transportation, the largest truckload carrier in North America, has been involved in collisions by impaired or drowsy motorists striking its vehicles even when drivers are legally parked on the roadside. The company intends to use the new Sitting Duck technology “to protect our drivers and, to the extent we can, protect other motorists,” said Brett Sant, senior vice president of safety and risk management for the Phoenix-based carrier.
“Obviously for us, this is all about safety,” he said. With the new SmartSense technology, “we want to help our drivers be better, safer drivers.”
“Ultimately, the driver is the most important part of the equation,” Sant continued. “We need to have capable and conscientious drivers making these decisions. These tools are intended to support and help drivers make better decisions in those conditions, but never to second-guess the driver or take that decision making responsibility or authority away from the driver.”