Tech roundup: free Samsara dash cams; Maven gets $7M investment

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Updated Feb 12, 2020
Leonard’s Express plans to achieve a 3% fuel savings with Vnomics True FuelLeonard’s Express plans to achieve a 3% fuel savings with Vnomics True Fuel

During the past week, news from technology suppliers focused on tools to improve cost savings in the areas of driver safety and performance.

The reason why video-based safety systems continue to be in demand to capture risky driving behaviors was highlighted in a recent study from Verizon Connect. The study found that the majority of commercial vehicle dangerous driving incidents go unreported.

Results from a survey of 1,000 adults in the United States by Verizon Connect, in partnership with Wakefield Research, in June 2019 show:

  • 4 in 5 (81%) people say they have witnessed a commercial vehicle being driven dangerously on the road, but only 2 in 5 (41%) of those have reported the incident.
  • City residents are more likely to report dangerous driving than those in the suburbs or rural areas: More than half (51%) of adults in the city, who say they have witnessed dangerous commercial driving, have reported it vs. 39% of adults in the suburbs.
  • Millennials are more likely to report dangerous driving than their older peers. More than half (54%) of Millennials who say they have witnessed dangerous commercial driving have reported it vs. just 45% of Gen Xers and 25% of Boomers.

The top reasons for not reporting are people being unable to capture evidence of the dangerous incident (37%), not being able to get identification of the driver (35%) or they did not know to whom/where to report the information (30%).

Verizon Connect noted that smart technologies like AI-enabled dash cams, IoT sensors and cloud platforms are playing an increasingly important role in helping fleets train and coach driving behavior.

Insurance provider RLI offering free dash cams 

Specialty transportation insurer RLI Transportation is now offering Samsara AI dash cam to its customers at no additional cost and a discount on insurance premiums of up to 5%.

RLI plans to use incident and safety data from Samsara to serve its customers with tailored safety programs and training, as well as data-driven underwriting and claims decisions.

The AI dash cam features, proactive driver coaching tools, and all-in-one platform stood out to Mike Haswell, RLI Transportation vice president of business development and retention. Samsara gives visibility into driving events such as harsh braking, rolling stops, near-misses, speeding, and distracted driving.

Real time driver coaching

Besides capturing risky driver behaviors, fleets are using technology to give drivers real-time coaching to maximize fuel efficiency.

Leonard’s Express, a family-owned asset-based transportation solutions provider, is targeting a 3% fuel savings with Vnomics True Fuel after testing the product. Vnomics True Fuel combines real-time driver coaching with fuel efficiency data.

“One thing that stood out about the evaluation of True Fuel is that it shows us the fuel savings opportunity and what we have saved right on the system,” said Ken Johnson, chief executive of Leonard’s Express. “True Fuel delivered the data we needed easily while our telematics system could not.”

Growth in telematics

A mobile fleet management technology supplier, Maven Machines, whose fleet management platform combines telematics with workflow, dispatch and route optimization capabilities, announced a $7 million in Series A funding led by Allos Ventures, with additional participation from new and existing private investors. The company says the investment will be used to increase Maven’s workforce across all departments including engineering, operations, sales and marketing. Maven anticipates tripling in size before the end of 2020. Fleets that use Maven’s technology platform include Ward Trucking, Daylight Transport and CRST.

Safety and compliance service providers Asurint and Fleetworthy Solutions announced a partnership to offer assistance to a broader market of commercial motor carriers.

Asurint has technology-enabled pre-employment background screening and drug testing services that criminal screening, drug testing and occupational health services, and motor vehicle records. Fleetworthy Solutions provides DOT and Safety Compliance services and technology solutions.

Fleetworthy Solutions has a large menu of telematics integrations for a single source of data for compliance management.