Button Transportation Selects SmartDrive to Provide Video-Based Driver Safety Program

Trucking company deploying event-recording and awareness system to help improve driving performance and reduce risk

Oct 20, 2010, 06:00 ET from SmartDrive Systems

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartDrive Systems, a leader in fleet safety and operational efficiency, has been selected by Button Transportation Inc. of Dixon, CA, to equip the trucking company with an advanced, video-based driver safety system.  

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The SmartDrive Safety system uses in-vehicle recorders to capture highly detailed video and vehicle data during sudden stops, swerves, collisions and other events. Captured data is downloaded wirelessly and sent to professional safety reviewers who categorize and score the events according to 50+ safety observations. Supervisors at Button Transportation will then use these results to coach drivers, improving fleet performance and overall driving safety.

"The SmartDrive system will be a great tool to protect, incentivize and improve our drivers," according to Button Transportation CEO Bob Button.

The SmartDrive program allows fleet managers to see exactly what happened during the 15 seconds before and after a triggered event – giving them a detailed view of what led up to an event, and how to avoid it happening again.

"We chose the SmartDrive Safety System to help our good drivers become great," Button said.  "The video record of events will also serve as a witness to help protect our drivers from false claims and being wrongly accused when they're not at fault.  As a truck fleet owner, SmartDrive offers me both performance and peace of mind."  

With headquarters in Dixon, CA, Button Transportation serves the agriculture and produce industries in seven western United States.  Its 180-vehicle fleet includes hoppers, tankers, flats and refrigerated units.  SmartDrive began deploying the in-vehicle event and data recorders in July 2010.  

"At SmartDrive, it's all about identifying and reducing risk.  Through video and vehicle data capture, we can help good drivers become even better, and avoid collisions or serious over-the-road events," said SmartDrive President Jason Palmer. "By delivering the relevant information, in a timely way, to the right people, a video-based safety program can help safety-conscious trucking companies like Button Transportation save money and save lives."

About SmartDrive Systems

SmartDrive delivers innovative solutions that make it easy for fleet managers to improve driver safety and reduce operating cost. SmartDrive records comprehensive video-based data from the road, then thoroughly reviews and scores critical events and recommends action for fleet managers to quickly respond and deliver sustainable savings – all through an easy-to-use managed service. The company has compiled the world's largest and fastest-growing storehouse – more than 34 million events – of real-time, risky driving incidents. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, CA, and employs approximately 300 people worldwide. For more information, please visit www.smartdrive.net.

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