Work Truck magazine visited a Stanley Steemer franchise office in San Diego to see firsthand how the Netradyne Driveri (pronounced “driver-eye”) system works.
Far more than a traditional in-vehicle video system, Driveri helps fleet managers see an incident with in-depth, high-definition video. In addition, to help decrease potential incidents, the system can also improve overall driver behavior through coaching and recognition of improvements beyond reducing speeding and hard braking.
Netradyne is looking to overhaul how driver monitoring software works. Behind the scenes is staff with a background in science. Founded in 2015 by its two founders, Avneesh Agarwal, CEO, and David Julian, CTO. The two brought on Sandeep Pandya, president, to round out their team.
The company leverages artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, edge computing, and predictive analytics to drive advances in the transportation sector. Its Driveri system is working to do just that.
Understanding the Driveri System
Driveri is the first platform to leverage AI to help continually improve its systems. It provides fleet managers with a full view of a driver’s activity with real-time notifications. Beyond that, it also provides best practice identification (think, being able to see if a driver is frequently increasing the following distance after a car merges in front of him or her, reducing the potential for an accident).
The device is fast, with 1-trillion calculations per second. The NVICIDA TX1 Deep Learning AI processor enables it to see and understand far more than other available systems.
Driveri starts with one of the most significant issues in today’s telematics and driver monitoring systems. In most current driver monitoring systems, only “triggered” events can show up. This may be harsh braking, too quick accelerations, or g-force based alerts. Additional information such as speeding may also be gathered. Netradyne’s Driveri takes the traditional monitoring system three steps forward.
One big concern that fleet drivers worry about when being monitored today are false positives. This data the system reads as a driver fault but was something else entirely. Was it really a hard break or an invisible pothole the driver hit? Depending on the value your fleet puts on various driving elements, reducing false positives is a major benefit to both drivers and fleet managers.
Another benefit for fleet managers is the constructive driver feedback and coaching for risky driver behavior.
And, one thing drivers love is the system doesn’t just create a score based on negatives. In a lot of systems, a driver starts with a score, and it just goes down with every error with typically little to no chance of increasing again. With Driveri, a score can improve with good driving.
The system has three core aspects: the in-vehicle device itself, the portal, and the app.
The Driveri Device
The Driveri in-vehicle device fits right below a vehicle’s rear-view mirror and packs a lot of power in a small unit.
The system comes with four views (outward, inward, and both sides), but fleet managers can customize and expand with additional camera views. And while the driver view can provide a lot more information (such as where the driver was looking when they blew that stop sign and drowsy driver monitoring), not all fleets want driver-faced cameras. In these situations, Driveri can turn off the camera and provide a lens cover for increased driver peace of mind. That feed then can be assigned to another camera, such as side-view trailer cameras.
The device features two gray buttons that a driver or passenger can tap at any time to note an event. This makes a note in the portal, and a driver or fleet manager can then take a look at the exact moment, no actual event required. This can help in many situations. Perhaps a driver had someone following them closely or exhibiting road rage against them. The driver can tap the button, and the fleet manager can bring up the moment with ease for further review. There is also a speaker for real-time alerts
The system is always recording, with 100 hours stored on the Driveri device itself. This means users can watch as much, or as little, video as they want.
And, unlike other platforms that require video to be uploaded to the cloud and reviewed by humans, thousands of data points are analyzed on Driveri for real-time insight.
The Driveri Portal & App
The Driveri portal provides high-level fleet metrics, including driver performance in real-time. Additionally, high-definition (HD) video provides a clear picture of everything that happened in an incident.
The Driveri system is a fully customizable solution. Fleet managers can select the information they want to track and monitor, allowing them to focus on what matters most to their own fleet.
One of the top benefits of the driver mobile app is the real-time updates on how they are performing. The app gives drivers immediate insight and the ability to adjust their driving as risky behaviors occur. It also provides access to coaching and driver scoring information.
GreenZone & Driver Star
One of the most significant differences we found between Driveri and other available monitoring systems was their GreenZone and Driver Star programs. These driver scoring systems provide fleets the ability to score drivers based on the positive things they did while driving, not just the negatives. The GreenZone recognizes positive driving while Driver Star helps to identify excellent driving performance.
Driveri RealTimeCoach leverages audible reminders and notifications to guide the driver through their workday. Utilizing AI, the system coaches the driver on speed, following distance, harsh driving, and seatbelt utilization. In addition, Drowsy & Distracted driving and Collision Warning alerts are designed to immediately reduce risky situations. The goal is to create an environment where the driver can self-adjust based on appropriate feedback.
The Driveri MobileCoach App is available on selected Android and iOS devices, making it easier for the driver to stay updated on their GreenZone score when they are not driving.
GreenZone provides fleets the ability to track driving behaviors against team safety programs and goals. In addition, Driveri Mobile Coach creates an immediate collaboration platform that allows drivers to review both positive driving and selected videos used for training.
The Bottom Line
Netradyne worked closely with its customers, including a San Diego franchise of Stanley Steemer, to create the product available today and is consistently updating and upgrading Driveri. In addition, due to the AI element, the system itself keeps learning and getting smarter. Work Truck went for a drive in a Stanley Steemer vehicle with the system active, and was able to return to the office to see results, while staff in the office was able to monitor the entire drive if they wished.
The Driveri system is smart, fast, and Work Truck found it easy to use and understand. In a competitive world for hiring qualified drivers, showing drivers you care just as much about the good things they do while driving as you do about their errors helps. The system allows a fleet manager to support their drivers during false complaints and helps drivers improve.