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Understanding the basics of video telematics

Fleet management · Dec 5, 2023

Video telematics is a revolutionary technology that is transforming the way fleets do business. By combining video data with analytics powered by artificial intelligence (AI), fleets can get real-time visibility into their operations, while improving driver safety and performance and reducing liability and risk.

What is video telematics?

At its core, it's a technology that uses an AI-powered dashboard camera and telematics sensors – which include GPS receivers, engine interfaces, accelerometers, etc. – to monitor driver behaviour, vehicle performance and more. This data can be used to generate insights about a vehicle's movements as well as detect any unsafe driving behaviours. The data also provides invaluable information for optimizing fleet operations such as route planning, fuel consumption and maintenance scheduling.

How does video telematics work?

By using AI-powered dash cams in addition to telematics, fleets can collect pertinent information such as speed, rapid acceleration, harsh braking and location. Advanced algorithms analyze this data to uncover any potential risks or inefficiencies within the fleet. The results of this analysis can be employed to improve fleet performance, decrease costs and raise safety standards.
Video telematics systems can also monitor driver behaviour in real-time with the ability to intervene when needed; generating crucial reports that help fleet managers make informed decisions about their operations. For instance, with video telematics, fleets can identify hazardous driving behaviours like excessive speeding or distracted and impaired driving such as cell phone use and fatigue. The system sends alerts when drivers surpass certain thresholds for these practices so they can be addressed immediately. Additionally, it enables fleets to keep track of local conditions like traffic flow or weather patterns, which assists with route optimization and fuel savings.

The future of video telematics and fleet tracking

The future of video telematics and fleet tracking is rapidly evolving. AI-powered dash cams are becoming increasingly sophisticated, allowing fleet managers to gain meaningful insights into operations and efficiencies. Data-driven information from video telematics will become even more crucial for companies to stay ahead of competitors.
Although the technology is still advancing, the decreasing cost is making it more accessible for organizations to adopt. More widespread adoption will give businesses greater access to data insights, which can help them increase efficiency without compromising safety standards or customer service experience.
Ready to navigate toward a smarter, safer, more sustainable future? Learn how to get started in our
video telematics guide
or assess your readiness to implement with our
self-assessment tool: Getting started with video telematics
.