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How do Video Telematics Work?

Accidents happen. Every day that your trucks are moving products they’re at risk. While the physical harm and expenses of an accident are bad enough, the legal repercussions of a crash can turn a single disaster into a wildfire of fees, bad PR, and costly settlements.

The hard truth is that even though 80-85% of truck driving accidents aren’t the truck driver’s fault, they typically get pinned with the blame. This can lead to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in settlements.  

If one of your truck drivers gets hit by another vehicle, how can you prove that your driver wasn’t at fault? Leading organizations are finding the solution to this legal and financial nightmare: video telematics.  

Video telematics combines internal vehicle data (speed, brake use, location, etc.) with video data and computer vision technology to provide a full picture of what happens during a truck driving accident. These systems can include multiple cameras, providing up to 360 degrees viewing around the truck as well as driver and cargo monitoring. Any video footage is transmitted in real-time over cellular networks, allowing fleet managers to watch live playbacks and see updated trip/map information.  

Without video integration, telematics of the past could only give pieces of information for what happened surrounding a crash, like fuel usage, speed readouts, and unusual truck driver behavior such as swerving or hard braking. Video telematics can give context to the situation, uncovering how and why the accident happened… and who’s at fault.  

With video telematics, you’ll be immediately notified of any incidents, allowing you to better manage any claims. Then you’ll be able to get out ahead of the legal process with instant remote access to video footage, truck speed and behavior metrics, and location. No longer will you have to rely on the uphill battle of driver testimonies – you’ll have the unbiased, definitive video evidence that you need.  

It doesn’t stop there.

Video plays an essential role in a larger fleet safety program - providing a training tool for new drivers and acting as part of a greater safety “report card” for seasoned drivers. All of this allows you to keep drivers safe, and in the case of accidents, keep your drivers from taking the blame.

With the power of video, it’s no surprise that the global video telematics market is estimated to grow 23% every year through 2023 as more companies adopt video telemetry technologies.  

At Trimble, we know the importance of video telematics better than anyone. That’s why we’ve come up with our own comprehensive video telematics solution, Trimble Video Intelligence™. With Trimble Video Intelligence, you’ll find the evidence to protect your drivers from blame, uphold the image of your company, and protect your bottom line. Let’s see what else you can uncover.