The CEI Group (CEI) launched a new driver engagement mobile safety solution, DriverCare CoPilot. CEI President, Terry Winslow, calls it a "game changer."

DriverCare CoPilot is available to fleets using a simple app download to a driver's smartphone, with driving trend data available to managers via a web portal. Drivers are scored on certain behaviors including phone distractions, speeding, harsh acceleration, hard braking, and more.

Within minutes of a completed trip, drivers receive scores for overall performance and each measured behavior and can review their trip on an interactive map. Drivers see where they rank in their team, and in the fleet overall. With a DriverCare training supplement, drivers are assigned remedial training and receive individual coaching when their scores fall below a certain threshold.

DriverCare CoPilot is a patented smartphone app that detects the driving behaviors that are linked to causing accidents. - Photo: The CEI Group

DriverCare CoPilot is a patented smartphone app that detects the driving behaviors that are linked to causing accidents.

Photo: The CEI Group

"This solution creates awareness for the driver so they can self-manage their areas of risk, and they do! They become aware of exactly how they are behaving on the roads, and the results are sometimes eye-opening. They also know they'll be compared to their peers and, when that competitive nature kicks in, drivers correct their behaviors to get better scores. Reducing the behaviors that cause crashes has wider implications than simply avoiding accidents," Winslow added. "The ripple effect an accident has on your team, organization, and community, goes right to the heart of an organization's impact on Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG). Secondly, by reducing crash frequency you can elongate the vehicle's lifecycle, helping your fleet navigate the uncertainty presented by the current microchip shortage." 

Brian Kinniry, CEI's Director of Product Management, says the science behind the product brings driver safety to a whole new level.  "The technology platform we built DriverCare CoPilot on first stemmed from scientific research at MIT. Our platform leverages data from billions of recorded miles which identified a causal link between certain unsafe driving behaviors and crashes. Our technology's accuracy and flexibility are why the platform is the most highly rated app of its kind in the market today."

Kinniry says, "The transparency to the driver, and the engagement tools in DriverCare CoPilot proactively addresses driver risk.  Combined with DriverCare Risk Manager, fleets now have a complete picture of risk assessment, and a closed-loop solution that supports their objectives for a collision- and injury-free safety culture."

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