The taxi industry is changing rapidly. Disrupted by technology, challenged by new ridesharing businesses, and threatened by the approach of self-driving cars, taxis and private hire firms must find new ways to compete. At the same time, their drivers have deal with busier roads, passenger disputes, and even verbal and physical assaults.
To meet these new challenges, taxi operators and private hire fleets need to increase both the efficiency and reputation of their fleets. That requires maximizing vehicle utilization, optimizing route planning, and enhancing the professionalism of their drivers. This is a tall order, but just as technology is creating challenges it is also providing solutions: one of which is smarter, cloud-connected dual -camera drive recorders. Continue reading Boosting taxi fleet safety and efficiency with dual-camera drive recorders→
Dash cam and drive recording technology enables fleets and regular motorists to prove liability in the event of an accident, helping to protect innocent drivers. But law enforcement departments are also increasingly keen to use footage to help prosecute law-breakers. For resource-strapped law enforcement agencies, the footage recorded by the increasing number of dash cams in operation provides an invaluable source of high-quality evidence. However, by submitting dash cam footage to the police, are we driving ourselves further towards a surveillance society? Or do the potential benefits in road safety outweigh such concerns?
It’s hard to argue against the benefits of a dash cam or drive recorder. Vehicles are expensive, roads continue to get busier and accidents do inevitably happen. When they do, it’s great to be able to prove how events unfolded, and resolve issues as smoothly as possible. But drive around for long enough and your drive recorder is also likely to capture plenty of bad, or even illegal driving from other motorists. Even if it didn’t lead to an accident, and whether or not you were directly involved, you might still want to do something with the footage. Continue reading Boosting road safety by submitting dashcam footage→
Ridesharing companies and their drivers provide a convenient answer to some of the 21st century’s most pressing transport problems. With millions of worldwide users, Uber, Lyft, DiDi and their rivals provide a valuable service, but the disruptive nature of this service can present additional challenges relating to unprofessional, and even criminal behavior from a small minority of drivers. By investing in drive recording technology, ridesharing operators are far better equipped to protect passengers, drivers, and their reputation.
Like so many other disruptive technologies, it’s hard to imagine a world without ridesharing and ride-hailing companies like Uber. Founded in 2009, Uber has grown to account for a staggering 5.23 billion rides globally in 2018, with the company now operating in nearly 800 towns and cities worldwide. For millions of city-dwellers, Uber and its competitors have become a popular choice for commuters, beating more traditional transportation options in terms of convenience, value and integration with our increasingly digitized lives. Continue reading Why drive recorders can help improve ridesharing services→
One of our primary objectives with the VIA Mobile360 family is to create a range of commercial-grade systems and devices that make it easier for fleet operators to add intelligent driver assistance capabilities to their existing vehicles in order to enhance safety and efficiency.
For operators of buses, trucks, and heavy equipment such as excavators and cranes, we have been developing highly-integrated solutions such as the recently launched VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit that deliver an optimized blend of ADAS, 360-degree Surround View, DMS, and related technologies for the target application. On top of that, we also offer flexible hardware, software, AI, and cloud customization services to ensure that the installation meets the specific deployment needs of the customer. Continue reading Introducing the new VIA Mobile360 D700 commercial-grade drive recorder→
The drive recorder market is crowded and fast-moving. Staying ahead of the latest trends in such a dynamic environment can be a challenge. This is why making the right hardware choices can be vital to delivering value to an enterprise over an extended deployment period. Let’s consider each of the core drive recorder technologies in detail, starting with cameras. Continue reading Drive recorder market trends in 2019 and beyond→