Fleets can now choose from multiple camera systems which capture forward and rear views from vehicles to ones that live-stream, monitor drivers’ gestures using artificial intelligence (AI) technology for signs of fatigue or distraction, and provide full security CCTV.
There is also the option to include advanced driver assistance systems which prevent accidents by scanning the road ahead for vehicles, pedestrians and other road users as well alerting the driver if they stray from their lane.
Every camera system is integrated into the RAC Connected Platform which means fleet managers can be notified about incidents with minutes of them occurring.
The combination of dashcam footage, AI driver gesture monitoring and telematics data provides fleet managers with a powerful understanding of any incident which may occur.
Exeros cameras, which have been fitted to RAC patrol vans since 2017, start recording as soon as a vehicle’s engine is turned on.
RAC Connected head Nigel Humpherson labelled the deal a “massive step”, enabling it to offer far greater insight for fleets as well as protecting their drivers from the dangers of tiredness and distraction.
“RAC Connected already gives fleet managers a host of information including collision detection alerts and data on vehicle health and driver behaviour, but the addition of state-of-the-art external and interior camera technology adds another dimension, particularly as everything is available in the easy-to-access RAC Connected portal and app,” he added.
“As Exeros dash cams have been fitted to every RAC patrol for six years, we have complete trust and understanding in just how effective they are in saving time and money.”
If a driving event occurs, such as rapid acceleration, harsh braking or a collision, the system reviews the footage and classifies it as low-risk, high-risk or a collision.
The footage can then be reviewed and downloaded from the RAC Connected portal.
The in-cab driver fatigue system works via a camera which can monitor the driver’s face for signs of tiredness and distraction through changes to head position, gaze, eyelids and mouth.
If anything concerning is detected such as yawning, eyes closing, using a handheld phone or smoking, an audible warning is sounded to the driver so that they can regain their concentration.
Exeros Technologies CEO Jay Biring said: “The RAC Connected platform already provides incredibly rich data for its customers. Pooling decades of experience between both companies to create this new powerful solution was a great decision.
“Customers will benefit from a best-in-class video-telematics solution with new functionality that is incredibly powerful whilst being incredibly easy to use.”