The Evolution Of Video Telematics
Years ago, keeping track of your fleet of vehicles meant relying on CB radios and having no further connection to your drivers and cargo beyond the echo of voices between white noise and beeps. Skip forward a good few years and GPS became the game-changer that assisted companies in having more control over what their drivers were doing and keeping an eye on their routes. However, none of these innovations could ever hold a candle to what we have at our disposal today in the form of video telematics.
Thanks to fleet dashcam technology, companies of all sizes can meticulously manage the logistics of fleets en masse with equal amounts of ease as they would if they were operating a handful of vehicles.
Let’s take a look at the timeline of how video telematics has evolved since its inception.
The First Video Telematics Systems
The very first video telematics systems didn’t offer the real-time access we have today. Instead, they were video-recorded footage that managers could request at a later stage. This was on the off chance they wanted to track a specific event that happened to a transport vehicle.
This was primarily used in the case of accidents or claims against the company after an incident. They offered no direct interaction between fleet control and drivers and were virtually just security cameras for transport vehicles.
Later on, the technology advanced to the point where it automatically logged events that were out of the ordinary or not permitted. These included drivers braking too suddenly and were triggered by pre-set parameters programmed into the system.
Video Telematics Systems Today
Today, video telematics has evolved to become an essential and highly informative telematics system solution. With modern video telematics, you can track your fleet in real-time, monitor your drivers through an in-cabin camera, and also provide drivers with crucial information. On-board cameras now also act as sensors that can detect approaching dangers and send a warning if the driver is distracted or a collision is likely to occur.
Fleet managers can be in constant contact with drivers and are also able to closely monitor driver behaviour, which is hugely beneficial when it comes to driver performance evaluations.
With the explosive surge of video telematics and the significant edge they give companies over less technologically advanced competitors, don’t you think it’s time to get to the front of the pack by upgrading your fleet tracking technology?
Get in touch with Autocam today and keep better track of your fleet.