March 13, 2018
SmartDrive Systems announced the launch of the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware, which deliver breakthrough driving performance insights and analytic intelligence by fusing data from all systems, all sensors, and the operating environment.
The platform helps commercial and transit fleets improve safety and efficiency, as well as manage an entirely new set of business challenges arising from the progression of more autonomous technology on the vehicle, according to the company. Unlike other camera systems that are increasing in size as computer vision capabilities are added, the SR4 next-generation hardware delivers the computing power required for computer vision, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous driving applications all in a small, flexible footprint.
The transportation industry is in a state of transformation. New business models are emerging to address economic changes and shifts in the supply chain, and new technology is changing everything from the need for fuel to who or what operates the vehicle. With this evolution comes an entirely new set of business challenges for fleets: Risks are changing and the role of the driver is changing.
More automation in the vehicle can cause some drivers to over-rely on technology to intervene instead of depending on their safe driving skills, more devices in the vehicle and on the windshield create more distraction, and new security threats create new data and privacy challenges. Increasingly, transportation leaders are asking themselves the question, “Am I prepared?” To respond, they require technology designed specifically for the challenges of today and tomorrow—rather than relying on systems developed for yesterday’s concerns.
Photo of SmartDrive Intelligence Platform set courtesy of SmartDrive
The SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform includes new SR4 hardware, new triggering and risk identification, new analytics powered by SmartDrive SmartIQ, and a best-in-class video safety program. The platform ensures fleets can understand driver readiness as vehicles become more autonomous. With a unified view of driving performance, no matter who or what is operating the vehicle, management can now improve operational results companywide.
Key capabilities of the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform include:
Advanced risk assessment and driver-assist—New SmartSense ADAS sensors informed by over ten years of machine learning; in-cab alerting for short following, forward collision and lane departure warning; and new posted speed detection identify high risks and enable drivers to react in real time. More power in the smallest hardware footprint available—Less than half the size of its predecessor, the SR4 hardware reduces driver distraction and improves driver acceptance while streamlining installation and maintenance. More multi-camera support for 360-degree visibility—Directly connects to up to nine cameras and integrates easily with those from third parties without requiring any additional hardware for simplified installation and maintenance. Integration to WABCO’s next-generation OnLane for a road-facing camera—Integrates with lane departure system from the leading global provider of safety technology, eliminating the need for a redundant camera while providing deep insight to risk. More storage capacity for Extended Recording service—Solid-state drive technology and three levels of storage—up to 512GB—provide more context and recording longevity. Expanded integration options to third–party systems—Six ports enable data integration and triggering from other onboard systems, amplifying the value of technology investments and delivering a complete view of risk. Mixed fleet capability—Current SmartDrive customers can leverage both new and pre-existing hardware, maintaining a seamless user experience without operational disruption. Enhanced reliability and security—Robust, tamper-resistant hardware, improved over-the-air upgrade experience and fewer components allow for easier installation and maintenance, providing immediate savings. Industry-leading SmartChoice Video Safety Program—Flexible program allows fleets to choose among various levels of protection and camera configurations to fit their unique needs, maximizing ROI.