Annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition Highlights Industry Trends, Transportation Safety and Advanced Technology Driving Fleet Success
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 23, 2017—SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video safety and transportation intelligence, recognizes the innovation and industry leadership of American Trucking Associations (ATA) member fleets that have adopted the SmartDrive® video-based safety platform as the cornerstone of their fleet safety program. These SmartDrive customers have experienced the impact of a video-based safety and transportation intelligence program—saving lives, exonerating drivers in collisions and improving the bottom line due to reduced collisions, less fuel usage and lower insurance premiums.
ATA member fleets that deployed the SmartDrive video-based safety program this year include:
- F&W Transportation
- H.O. Bouchard
- KL Breeden & Sons
- Lynden Transport
- Mast Trucking
- New England Motor Freight
- Pottle’s Transportation
- Sunstate Carriers
- TCW, Inc.
- Wright Transportation
These fleets join many other companies in taking the next step to enhanced fleet safety with the SmartDrive program. A recent AAA Foundation study quantifies the value of these programs, noting, “video-based onboard safety monitoring systems can prevent as many as 63,000 crashes, 17,733 injuries and 293 deaths each year.” As a leading provider of transportation intelligence, SmartDrive Systems was a key data contributor to this study.
One of the fleets that it is doing everything it can to protect its drivers is Sunstate Carriers. “We knew that our drivers were already putting cameras in their vehicles and were familiar with the technology,” explained Josh Fulmer, Sunstate Carriers vice president. “So, 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. We’ve already had two accidents that were not our fault. I’m glad we have the SmartDrive program to protect us and support our safety culture.”
Echoing this sentiment is Chelsea Pottle, vice president, Pottle’s Transportation. “After consulting with other commercial trucking companies and industry professionals—and evaluating two systems in a head-to-head pilot program—we chose to adopt the SmartDrive video-based safety solution to better protect and exonerate our drivers.”
During its pilot, Pottle’s Transportation achieved a 69 percent improvement in its SmartDrive Safety Score, demonstrating a significant reduction in the risks that lead to collisions. Improvements seen by other fleets deploying the SmartDrive program include:
- Reduced distracted driving by nearly 50 percent, mobile phone usage by 96 percent and speeding by 58 percent
- Driver exonerations, which lead to cost savings and reduced insurance premiums
- Improvement in CSA Unsafe Driving BASIC
“As more fleets recognize the importance of a video-based safety program, we all benefit from safer roads, fewer deaths and more profitable fleets,” added Steve Mitgang, SmartDrive CEO. “We congratulate all transportation companies that are using video to improve safety throughout their fleet, proving that a focus on safety is good business.”
Learn more about SmartDrive at ATA: http://info.smartdrive.net/ata-mce-2017
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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