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Azuga Names Safe Driving Award Recipients

June 12, 2017

In preparation for National Safety Month, Azuga, a global provider of connected vehicle and fleet technologies, announced its first Safe Driving Award recipients of 2017.

These quarterly awards are part of the Azuga Fleet Safe Driving Awards program, designed to motivate and incentivize both fleet managers and fleet drivers who make safe driving a key part of their operation and culture. Winners of the prestigious award receive cash rewards, certificates and social media recognition for being top performers amongst a pool of more than 50,000 drivers and 5,000 fleet managers across the globe.

“Although June is officially National Safety Month, we believe that drivers should practice safe driving habits 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Ananth Rani, co-founder and CEO of Azuga. “Our quarterly awards program celebrates drivers and fleet managers that have been empowered by our social telematics solution, which combines driver visibility, gamification, and instant rewards for safe driving.”

Azuga is proud to announce the following top drivers and fleet managers from the first quarter of 2017:


  •     Ernest Sutterfield, M. Lipsitz & Co. Ltd
  •     Spencer Hughes, AWP Inc.
  •     General Antwon Dickens, Satellites Unlimited
  •     Brent Carter, Corix Utilities
  •     Tony Edwards, Aero Communications Inc.
  •     James Doughtery, Laury Heating Cooling LLC
  •     Dean Capps, Galaxy 1 Marketing
  •     Kurt Kremer, Barton Mallow Company

Fleet Managers:

  •     Eric Sietsema, Sietsema Farms
  •     Jon Sims, Satellites Unlimited
  •     Angel Lopez, Unique Freight Transport
  •     Sam Smith, Ralph Smith Co.
  •     Denny Walker, Ko Olina Transporation
  •     Jon Erickson, Soils & Structures, Inc.
  •     Anton Dagner, Ambassador Limousine
  •     Patrick Garland, LT Environmental, Inc.

Winning drivers and fleets are announced on a quarterly basis, and at the end of the year, one driver and one fleet manager are chosen as top drivers of the year. The Safe Driving Awards winners are determined by analyzing all drivers’ safety events (speeding, hard braking, rapid acceleration, idling) using a proprietary algorithm developed by Azuga’s data science team.

Each individual safety component factors in the magnitude, duration, frequency and spatio-temporal index to determine the conditions under which the events occurred. Driver scores are visible to fleet managers and workers alike, and are an important tool for recognizing good driving behaviors and identifying areas where coaching is needed.

To learn more about how Azuga’s fleet customers incorporate safe driving into operations and culture, click here. Fleet drivers who would like tips and tricks on how to be a safer, more efficient driver should follow Azuga’s blog here.

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