Teletrac Navman Enhances AI-Powered Dashcam Solution

HVIA member Teletrac Navman has added driver distraction, cell phone usage and drowsy driver detection to its AI-powered dashcam and video telematics solution, the IQ Camera.

Chief Product Officer Andrew Rossington says AI-powered video telematics solutions leverage advanced algorithms to monitor different aspects of driver behaviour.

“By seamlessly integrating driver positioning, facial and physiological measurements, alongside driver assistance metrics that analyse and detect outward-facing actions like following distance, lane adherence, and harsh manoeuvring, these devices provide real-time alerts and insights to reduce the likelihood of incidents and promote the well-being of drivers,” he says.

The IQ Camera’s video telematics capabilities can identify behaviour, such as mobile phone use, erratic head movements and gaze deviations, and help the driver maintain focus on the road.

For driver fatigue, continuous monitoring of physiological indicators, such as eye closure duration and head position, triggers timely alerts to combat drowsiness and fatigue-related collisions.

The system’s drowsy driving detection feature addresses the critical issue of driver fatigue by analysing eye closure duration to detect signs of drowsiness, providing timely alerts.

When considering distracted driving action, there are two primary types of behaviour to detect – ‘owl’ and ‘lizard’ motions.

‘Owl’ motions are where the driver is physically turning their head toward any direction – up, down, left, or right. If the difference in orientation is significant over a duration of time, a distraction alert is created.

‘Lizard’ distraction is when the driver’s gaze is pitched away from the road ahead without a change of pose to the head. This type of distraction is primarily detected based on the duration the eyes appear to be off the road ahead.

The fourth alert type is cell phone distraction monitoring. The system detects when drivers hold their phones to their ears for a specified duration, taking proactive measures to discourage illegal behaviour and promote a safer driving environment.

In all these cases, when distraction, cell phone use or drowsiness is detected, and the time parameters are met, an alert is triggered to the driver; they’ll hear an audible spoken word alert and to the back-office team as an event with footage and telematics data in TN360, Teletrac Navman’s fleet management system.

“By embracing video telematics and AI-driven solutions, businesses are able to help safeguard their drivers and gain a competitive edge in the market,” Rossington says.

“Fleet managers gain real-time footage alongside data insights and are empowered to protect their drivers and gain a competitive edge to win new business.

“By showcasing the solutions available through the latest technology, including route optimisation, delivery tracking and always-accessible location services, Teletrac Navman can help businesses of all sizes become a transport partner of choice.”

What’s more, the technology and the built-in system allow the device to review all the drive-time footage as it happens. Drivers and fleet managers can also request footage for any given day and time, protecting against false accusations and insurance fraud claims.

“An AI-powered dashcam acts as a third eye, reviewing drive-time footage and automatically identifying both dangerous actions and positive behaviour,” Rossington adds.

“If we can have more people on our road focussed on driving well – and less distracted drivers – we will have a safer road network for all Australians.”

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