While self-install fleet dash cams are available, rugged, tamperproof fleet dash cams require professional installation. These devices can be hardwired into the vehicle’s onboard computer and act as a secondary diagnostic system with built-in accelerometers and GPS. Fleet dash cams should be installed discretely and mounted on the windshield near the rear-view mirror.
Depending on your fleet’s access to wireless cellular networks, the dash cam itself needs relatively little on-device storage. Most fleet dash cams are equipped with wireless LTE or satellite connectivity to store video files on the cloud. On-device storage for fleet dash cams can range from as little as 8 hours to as much as 50 hours on higher-grade cameras.
Our recommendation is to work with your drivers to obtain their consent for installing driver facing cameras. It is also recommended to have a clear policy on when driver-facing footage is captured and how it is used.
Building trust through transparency is the quickest way to get driver buy-in for fleet dash cams. Having a clear policy on what footage is collected and how that footage will be used is crucial. Explaining how the technology works and having training procedures in place will help greatly with driver buy-in.
The dash cam will continue to record but interactive and real-time features will be temporarily suspended until the vehicle is in range of communications systems such as the cellular network. If this is a frequent problem, satellite communications can be used.
Most fleets will need just one dashboard camera per vehicle, however, many fleet dash cams are equipped with 190- to 360-degree views, meaning a single camera can provide forward-facing, side-facing and driver-facing views.
While you may not receive a discount on your commercial auto policy for installing dash cams, insurance companies will use your footage to help determine at-fault incidents and expedite claims, which can save you money in the long term. Dash cams are also helpful in determining negligence and can help exonerate professional drivers.
Fleet dash cams can be customized to record any number of driving events, such as harsh braking, harsh acceleration, harsh cornering, speeding and more. Fleet dash cams with AI technology can also be customized to identify distracted driving. The threshold for when an event is captured is fully customizable and determined by the fleet manager.
Fleet managers can set up real-time alerts in-cab or in the back office to notify drivers and fleet managers of driving incidents or provide warnings of potential incidents. For example, an audible speed warning can be set for in-cab only and a separate alert can be set to alert fleet managers if the behavior persists. Fleet managers can also receive real-time incident reports that can be used for coaching or to provide driver rewards.