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SmartDrive Surpasses the 10,000 Mark in Transit Fleet Vehicles Equipped with Its Safety and Fuel Management Platform

Dramatic reductions in collisions and increases in fuel efficiency are compelling fleets nationwide to adopt SmartDrive’s driving performance improvement solution

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, announced today several new enhancements to its SmartDrive Safety™ and SmartDrive Fuel™ solutions. These enhancements enable SmartDrive to continue its technology leadership in the fleet safety and fuel efficiency space and support its momentum in vehicle deployments of over 10,000 public transit vehicles across the United States.

SmartDrive uses a combination of video analysis and predictive analytics to provide fleets complete insight into safety and fuel waste. Fleets can immediately experience improved driving skills and performance through the vehicle and in-cab tools and services as well as sustain consistent improvements through the personalized training program, which arms fleets with a team of experts identifying, reviewing and recommending key areas of safety and fuel efficiency improvements. With the growing numbers of public transit fleets realizing dramatic material results with the SmartDrive driving improvement platform – up to a 80% collision reduction and up to 15% improvement in fuel efficiency – customers are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating expenses annually, while protecting their drivers and passengers.

“SmartDrive’s safety and fuel efficiency solutions are fundamentally changing how transit fleets manage and improve driving performance,” said SmartDrive CEO Steve Mitgang. “Leading companies like Veolia, and other top transit operators trust SmartDrive to help them understand what is happening on the road, predict where the greatest opportunities for improvement are and empower the drivers to improve their own performance with these new tools.”

Offering transit industry firsts, such as driving game films which now incorporate vehicle performance data collected from the onboard engine computer, a review center staffed by driving performance experts, an online fuel management response center and other advantages, SmartDrive Safety™ and SmartDrive Fuel™ are delivering significant and sustainable savings. Building on this industry-leading platform, SmartDrive introduced several new features at the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) annual meeting in Seattle:

  • SmartDrive Mobile: real-time access for drivers to individual vehicle and driver performance data for self-assessment and peer-to-peer competitive standings.
  • Enhanced Trip Mapping: continuing its leadership with detailed operator and vehicle performance data plus instant video of fuel-wasting maneuvers and events --- includes throttle, brake, RPM, and engine load information as well as excessive idling, idling with Power Take Off, trip stops, and location relative to customer-defined geo-fences.
  • Crash Triggered Events: sensors that report crash data up to 96G’s, which allows fleets to instantly access crash event videos -- providing fleets with unequivocal proof of driver exoneration and immediate response to insurance claims processing -- an industry first in combining video data in a driving performance solution.

“The SmartDrive driving improvement platform gives us a clear picture of how our vehicles are being driven, and a better idea of where to focus to improve fuel efficiency. It is visionary technology that has proven to result in significant savings,” said Ken Westbrook, COO, Veolia Transportation. “The new enhancements in particular help our fleet managers and drivers to see detailed driving patterns and their impact on fuel economy.”

To learn more about the SmartDrive Safety and Fuel solutions for public transit, visit http://www.smartdrive.net/ or schedule a one-to-one meeting with the SmartDrive transit team at event@smartdrive.net.

About SmartDrive Systems

SmartDrive Systems gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating expenses and deliver significant ROI. With an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The company has compiled the world's largest storehouse of more than 50 million recorded risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, CA, and employs over 375 people worldwide.

SmartDrive Media Relations
Jim White
(619) 955-6430
jim.white@smartdrive.net

Source: SmartDrive Systems