photo of a buckles seatbelt, with inset company logo for E-Smart.

E-Smart can alert a fleet if a driver is not wearing a seatbelt, plus it can slow the vehicle to a set speed when the seat belt is not worn.

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E-Smart, a dynamic speed management provider, said its E-Smart Seat Belt detects if a driver is not wearing the seat belt and limits or slows the vehicle to a predetermined speed. The feature is customizable for fleets.

“We saw the statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 69.3% of the drivers who died in crashes in 2022 were not wearing seat belts as heartbreaking,” said Joe Thell, senior vice president at E-Smart. “When asked by fleets to help solve this problem, we knew that our technology could make a difference in having drivers wear their seat belts. With E-Smart Seat Belt, we can detect and monitor seat belt use under different conditions. The fleet can then provide the operational rules of what happens under each condition.”

E-Smart Seat Belt, which will be available in the third quarter of 2024, addresses seat belt non-compliance in a variety of circumstances such as:

  • General driving – When a driver is not wearing a seat belt the vehicle will not go above a nominal, set speed. These instances are also captured in an event report.
  • Inside Speed-Controlled Geofenced Zones – Fleets can create custom parameters for. Reporting is also available for events in geofenced zones.
  • Other situations — Detecting other situations such as a seat belt malfunction or if it is removed while the vehicle is in motion are part of the comprehensive and flexible solution.

“Announcing E-Smart Seat Belt as the summer traffic season begins and national safety initiatives such as Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement campaign has just concluded is timely,” Thell added.  “E-Smart Seat Belt is just one more example of how our incredibly powerful dynamic speed management technology can be applied in unique ways to improve driver and public safety.”