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5 Ways the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit Averts Forklift Accidents

Accidents can easily happen in busy warehouses where it’s impossible for operators to see everything that’s happening around them. With the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit, you can give your operators an extra set of eyes to identify potential hazards in time to take preventative action. Here are five ways that the kit averts forklift accidents.

Driver Authorization

Basic forklift operation might seem simple enough for a “helpful” colleague to try to use one to help out in busy periods, but the proper and safe operation of a forklift requires professional training and experience with using the equipment. To prevent unauthorized personnel from operating the vehicle, the VIA Mobile360 DMS (Driver Monitoring System) can be set up to authorize the driver using facial recognition technology. This eliminates any chance of someone borrowing an ID card to operate the vehicle and ensures that only authorized personnel can use the equipment. Continue reading 5 Ways the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit Averts Forklift Accidents

Notes from the field: analyzing the autonomous vehicle market

analyzing the autonomous vehicle market

When analyzing the autonomous vehicle market, it’s useful to divide it into two key segments. The first and by far the biggest of these is vehicle safety. This is where most of the growth has been over the last decade as auto makers have added more and more ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance) features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to their vehicles either as standard or an optional add-on.

During the current decade, the integration of smart assisted and autonomous driving features in new vehicles will continue to accelerate as a result of combination of factors, including fierce market competition, rapid technology development, and stricter government regulations. By 2030, most new vehicles will have the ability to drive autonomously even though they likely will still have a driver – much like jet planes fly today. While autonomous driving will be possible on most major highways, it will still be severely limited in cities and towns because of the complexity of urban environments. Continue reading Notes from the field: analyzing the autonomous vehicle market

Setting up the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal in Five Easy Steps

fleet cloud management portal

Cloud-connected dash cams like the VIA Mobile360 D700 enable centralized data collection and provide a comprehensive overview of the status of a vehicle fleet from any location with an internet connection. This connectedness gives fleet managers the tools they need to monitor vehicles and drivers on the road, as well as the data to analyze routes and driver behavior. The combination of these tools allows fleet managers to deploy their vehicles more efficiently, improve safety, and reduce liability.

One of the main goals of the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal is to make capturing, compiling, and accessing mission-critical vehicle and driver data generated by the D700 as convenient and fast as possible. Its features include live tracking of both vehicles and drivers, a dashboard that displays key fleet, vehicle, and driver statistics, and trip histories of vehicles and drivers. Continue reading Setting up the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal in Five Easy Steps

Combating distracted driving with the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam

Driver Monitoring System

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. Even with the best of intentions, not everyone is immune to the siren call of their smart phone during a long and boring drive or the temptation of a quick snack to keep their energy levels up. After all, nothing much generally happens in the space of a few seconds – unless of course a car unexpectedly cuts in front of the vehicle or a pedestrian steps out onto the road. Then all hell can break loose with potential consequences that can last a lifetime for both the driver and the victims.

Preventing accidents caused by inattentive or careless drivers is of particular concern to fleet managers with multiple vehicles carrying valuable cargoes operating to demanding schedules in their charge – not just because of the risk to life and limb but also the potential insurance and repair costs that may be incurred. Continue reading Combating distracted driving with the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam

notes from the field: taking the AI upgrade path

AI upgrade path

The single most important benefit of building an AI-enabled system is that you can upgrade its functionality without having to make any modifications to the hardware.

As we recently demonstrated with the VIA Mobile360 AI dash cam, such upgrades can be a lot more substantial than minor software tweaks and bug fixes. In response to customer feedback, we added three major features to the device to boost driver safety and provide fleet managers with deeper insights into vehicle usage. Continue reading notes from the field: taking the AI upgrade path

notes from the field: enabling new last-mile services with autonomous delivery vehicles

last-mile services

Autonomous delivery vehicles have the potential to be much more than a replacement or extension of existing delivery services. With a powerful computing system inside them, they will be able to go beyond simply transporting goods or meals from a logistics hub to a consumer’s home to providing a wealth of new last-mile services that improve convenience, security, and health for individual consumers and the community at large.

In addition to core navigation and safety functionality such as 360° surround view video, long and short-range radar, and LiDAR, autonomous delivery vehicles will be able to support a huge selection of additional features and applications to meet individual and community needs – such as facial recognition to ensure that the right person is picking up the delivery and even thermal sensors for scanning the temperature of workers and other people who come close to the vehicle. Continue reading notes from the field: enabling new last-mile services with autonomous delivery vehicles

Notes from the field: when will autonomous delivery vehicles become a commonplace sight?

Autonomous delivery vehicles

How long will it be before autonomous delivery vehicles become a commonplace sight on the streets of our towns and cities?

Perhaps this will happen much sooner than many people think. Demand for such devices looks set to explode as delivery and logistics companies look to reduce operational costs and expand the range and convenience of the services they offer without having to hire additional drivers. According to a recent AutoSens blog article, there are already over thirty companies providing autonomous delivery solutions in China – with many more expected to pile into the market. In the US, a growing number of retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Lowes, and Target have also started testing autonomous deliveries using vehicles from the likes of Nuro, Ford, and Waymo. Continue reading Notes from the field: when will autonomous delivery vehicles become a commonplace sight?

Notes from the field: promising new seeds of mobility?

new seeds of mobility

It’s hard to be optimistic when it comes to predicting how the mobility market will develop as more and more countries gradually emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown.

One key question is whether the traditional auto industry will be able to recover from its catastrophic drop in sales once people are allowed to hit the road again. The fragile state of the global economy and the growing popularity of remote working practices and on-demand grocery and meal delivery services suggest that achieving a recovery will be challenging to put it mildly. In the short term at least, it’s likely that auto makers will have to put a lot of long-term development projects on hold as they grapple with today’s grim economic realities. Continue reading Notes from the field: promising new seeds of mobility?

notes from the field: VIA vehicle safety system design philosophy

vehicle safety system design

One of the core elements of our system design philosophy is to make it as easy and convenient as possible to customize it to meet specific installation requirements. This is particularly important for the highly fragmented embedded market, in which customer needs widely vary across multiple segments and usage environments. It’s one reason why, for example, we still continue to integrate support for legacy I/O standards like RS-232 many years after they have disappeared from mainstream systems and devices.

We also apply the same philosophy to the design our VIA Mobile360 systems. Just like the embedded market, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for vehicle safety. The key is to provide a reliable and flexible system platform that makes it easy to mix and match the specific SVS (Surround View System), ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), DMS (Driver Monitoring System), and DVR (Digital Video Recording) features required to meet specific deployment requirements. Depending on the size of the vehicle and the particular use cases the customer has in mind, these can vary greatly and require the integration of different cameras, sensors, and other peripherals into the system. Continue reading notes from the field: VIA vehicle safety system design philosophy

Notes from the field: VIA AMOS-3006 embedded transportation system

VIA AMOS-3006 embedded transportation system

We plan to introduce a number of new products at Embedded World 2020 next week, starting with the latest addition to our highly successful family of ruggedized VIA AMOS-3000 Series systems for commercial, industrial, and embedded computing applications.

The VIA AMOS-3006 embedded transportation system continues with this tradition, sporting a tough and durable enclosure able to withstand the most challenging indoor and outdoor operating conditions and temperature ranges. With its two CAN Bus ports and integrated power module supporting a wide voltage range and smart power management for vehicles, the system is also designed for fleet management installations. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA AMOS-3006 embedded transportation system