New tech will combat heavy vehicle driver fatigue, NZI and Seeing Machines say

NZI and Lumley heavy motor vehicle customers are being offered a chance to trial new techology that looks to prevent driver fatigue and distraction-related incidents with real-time alerts.  NZI has partnered with technology pioneer Seeing Machines to give 10 customers a free six week trial of The Guardian System, which uses revolutionary combination of an in-cab sensor and a forward-facing camera to track drivers’ activity.

Ian Taylor, NZI’s National Manager of Commercial Motor, said: “We know that fatigue is the silent killer on our roads and we’re making a commitment to do something about it.  Accidents and fatalities caused through fatigue are preventable and we want to help.”

“NZI holds a significant share of New Zealand’s commercial heavy motor market, so we’re on a mission to increase the uptake of this technology to help make our roads safer, save lives and reduce losses for transport operators. We’ve got 10 Seeing Machine units for NZI and Lumley customers to trial for free for six weeks at a time, so customers should just contact us,” said Taylor.

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In 2014, 67 people died and a further 772 were injured in road crashes involving trucks, accounting for 23 percent of all deaths and 7 percent of all reported injuries on our roads, according to the Ministry of Transport’s Trucks 2015 report.

In its 2015 Fatigue report, the Ministry stated that the more serious a crash, the more likely it was that driver fatigue was a contributing factor and the total social cost of crashes involving driver fatigue in 2014 was around $268 million. It estimated that driver fatigue is a factor in 13 percent of fatal crashes, six percent of serious injury crashes and six percent of minor injury crashes.

Seeing Machines’ Chief Operating Officer Paul Angelatos said: “This is an exciting opportunity to partner with a leading insurance company that shares the same commitment to safety and allows fleet owners to see the benefits for themselves. We thank NZI for the opportunity to bring our state-of-the-art driver safety solution to new customers in New Zealand, and to be at the forefront of reducing truck accidents.”

Seeing Machines reports up to a 90 percent reduction in fatigue and distraction incidents with a number of companies that it has worked with.  NZI and Lumley heavy motor vehicle customers interested in trialling Guardian should get in touch with NZI’s Fleet Risk Management team or go to FRM@nzi.co.nz to find out more.

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