Survey: everyday motorists say commercial drivers more risky

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Updated Oct 16, 2019
Integrated Video by Verizon Connect captures video and data for review by fleet operators.Integrated Video by Verizon Connect captures video and data for review by fleet operators.

A new survey commissioned by Verizon Connect and Wakefield Research has identified misperceptions that drivers of passenger cars have about the level of danger posed by commercial drivers.

Of those surveyed, 83% believe that their own driving is less risky on the road than commercial drivers, but only 3% of all severe crashes in the U.S. involve commercial vehicles.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • 81% of everyday drives said they have witnessed a commercial vehicle driving dangerously.
  • 54% of these respondents also say they have witnessed an accident involving a commercial vehicle.

Survey respondents also say they have witnessed the following risky behaviors by commercial vehicles:

  • Speeding – 69%
  • Abrupt lane changes – 55%
  • Driving erratically – 46%
  • Taking turns too quickly – 37%

In sharing the survey results, Verizon Connect touts a recently launched product, Integrated Video, that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to capture data and event video to help fleets improve driver behavior and protect them from false claims.

The technology uses a smart dash-cam for capturing data insights and video. AI automatically captures and classifies video according to how severe an event is. Additional features include Speed Overlay to view the speed of the vehicle directly within the video clip to determine if speed is the factor that caused the event and Video on Demand, which allows operations managers to request 40 second increments of available footage.