Thursday, May 16, 2019

“Amazon Enters the Trucking Industry”

Since its inception, Amazon has disrupted nearly every industry it has been involved in, from e-commerce to supply chain management. Despite its humble beginnings as an online bookstore, Amazon has branched out into a fully sized retail giant with distribution centers located across the country. Hungry for more, Amazon is now setting its sights on the freight shipping industry for two reasons. First, to solve the gap between incredible demand from its customers and the supply shortage from traditional logistics companies. Second, to make a profit by leveraging the vast shipping network it has built over the years.

Earlier last year, Amazon quietly began testing its own version of “Uber for trucking,” which pairs trucking companies with available shipments to help complete deliveries and fill seats in delivery trucks. Unlike Uber, the service utilizes licensed trucking companies instead of individuals, but we may soon see that change if driver shortages get worse. Similar concepts, such as load boards, have been around for over a decade, but never before have we seen a company from outside the transportation and logistics industry attempt to fill their own shipments.

To search for shipments, a partnering trucking company can visit freight.amazon.com to access the load board and sign up to carry the shipment. Once the trucking company accepts a job, the driver then receives all the information he or she needs to complete the shipment, including shipment and route tracking, as well as expedited check-in procedures at the warehouse via an app called “Relay.” 

While the general public has been largely unaware of the service, an Amazon representative confirmed that it is nothing new. “We work with many line-haul service providers in our transportation network and have long utilized them to carry loads for Amazon. This service, intended to better utilize our freight network, has been around in various forms for quite some time.”

However, rather than just using the network to source its own needs, Amazon is now opening it to the public as a sort of marketplace for sourcing shipments. On freight.amazon.com you can now find the headline, “tap into the scale of Amazon as we extend our carrier network to give you best-in-class service at great rates.” And if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can find a legal disclaimer that Amazon Logistics, Inc. is a licensed freight broker.

Of course, if we are going to call Amazon’s new freight brokerage site the “Uber of Freight” we can’t neglect to mention that Uber themselves launched their own freight service in 2017 called Uber Freight. The service has been quite successful, earning about $125 million in revenue last quarter according to information from Uber’s recent IPO filing. In the IPO filing, Uber also cited research from Armstrong & Associates which says that US companies spent $700 billion on trucking in 2017.

Taking these numbers into account, it’s rather obvious why giants like Uber and Amazon are interested in getting involved in the trucking industry. After all, solving the driver shortage would have a very high economic benefits for everyone involved.   

Monday, April 22, 2019

New DashCam Uses Facial Recognition


New Dashcam uses Facial Recognition

When it comes to vehicle safety technology, dash cameras are nothing new. Drivers have been using them to record their daily commutes and prevent insurance fraud since the early 2000s when digital video camera technology became affordable enough for the general public to purchase. Shortly after, commercial fleets began to see the potential of dash cams and started to install them in their vehicles to protect themselves from lawsuits and prove the innocence of their drivers in court.

In recent years, dash camera manufacturers have begun to develop robust, powerful features that go far beyond merely recording the scene of an accident. Live streaming technology, 4G mobile internet, and the ability to mount multiple cameras on a single vehicle have greatly expanded the benefits of having a dash camera system in your fleet. Rather than just protecting themselves after the fact, fleets have recently enjoyed the ability to monitor their drivers and provide enhanced safety training and feedback in real time.

Integrated GPS and G-Force sensors in dash cams have also revolutionized fleet tracking, as fleet managers have access to an all-in-one solution that provides extremely detailed vehicle location information. As goes without saying, a GPS system in each vehicle can help reduce theft and provide customers with the whereabouts of their long-awaited online orders. One of the many overlooked benefits of GPS, however, is that it can reduce operating costs by helping managers monitor the speed and distance traveled by a fleet vehicle. G-force sensors, on the other hand, provide additional insights into driver behavior and identify sharp turns, unnecessary acceleration, and dangerously quick lane changes.

So what’s new for dash cameras and fleet safety technology? As it turns out, ADAS systems are being implemented into cameras to provide both fleet managers and drivers with an incredible set of tools. By using multiple video feeds of vehicle cameras as their eyes, sophisticated programs can alert drivers of vehicles in their blind spots, assist them when changing lanes, or even bring them to a screeching halt when obstacles pass in front of them.

The next generation of fleet dash cameras is going above and beyond by providing incredibly accurate methods of identifying drowsy and distracted driving as they occur. Safety Track’s new line of dash cams, for example, use both AI and facial recognition to determine whether or not a driver is yawning, closing their eyes, or talking on the phone in real time. It can even tell if they are smoking or drinking while behind the wheel! (To see how exactly this new tech works, check out the video on our page.)

The full benefits of this new technology have yet to become fully realized, but proponents of AI-equipped dash cameras claim that the more mundane aspects of fleet management like constantly watching live feeds of drivers can be reduced—and eventually eliminated. Even the most vigilant fleet manager or team of dispatchers can’t possibly watch every driver at once. However, AI and Facial Recognition provide fleet managers with an extra set of eyes that can alert them if a driver is participating in dangerous behaviors and catch the important details they might not see at first glance.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Is This the Next Step in Fleet Safety?

Live Streaming Fleet Camera with Cloud Storage.

Over the years we have reported of new innovations in the fleet safety vertical. From the beginning, with the addition of GPS tracking to a fleet gave the fleet manager a good sense of where his fleet was and how long they were there, plus the added feature on maintenance and alerts did give the fleet management the ability to increase the overall effectiveness of fleets, yet it lacks the essential video data needed to ensure the fleet was following company policies and procedures.

Were they texting or talking on the phone? Eating in the fleet vehicle? All these things can cause your fleet to incur a higher rate of insurance claims and decrease the productivity of the fleet.
Distracted Driving, being the number one cause of accidents in the US. to the most recent Live Streaming Video fleet cameras.
Then came along video footage for review of incidents when the vehicles were on the road. This provided a better fix for the problem but again didn't give you the data you needed to make sure your drivers weren't texting or distracted driving.

Then came along the true live streaming video fleet camera solution. This gave you the next level of safety, being able to ride along with your drivers in real-time, but you had to have someone be able to watch.
Now with cloud storage, you can replay the day events or the complete day history to see what is been going on. Replay GPS history and video data.
All stored for 3 days on the cloud base server.
Taking it to the next level. Don't be the last in line.



Fleet Cameras and Cloud Storage, What Can It Do for You and Your Fleet?

Over the past few months, the live streaming fleet camera vertical has been expanding.
New names, new features. Familiar names, new features.

Let take a look at what's new and upcoming:

Event Recording:
This has been from the beginning what was offered. Start the whole fleet camera revolution. DriveCam being the leader in this market.
Companies were asking for more.

Live Streaming:
The ability to streaming live video while the vehicle is on the road. Ride along with your drivers and manage driver behavior from a different perspective.

Cloud Storage:
The ability to upload to the cloud for storage and later retrieval to view.

Device Storage:
SD cards or Hard Drive, mainly SSD drives

Remote Playback:
The ability to remote into a DVR and playback video of previously recorded data. from either an hour ago or a day ago. Depends on the media size with the DVR.

Complete GPS Tracking:
Included in a fleet camera is there a complete tracking package?
giving you the ability to cancel your GPS tracking platform and move your entire fleet to one, all-inclusive platform?

Safety Track seems to be the leader in this vertical.
Offering live streaming fleet camera solutions, from a 2 channel DashCam to an 8 channel DVR, you can incorporate the cameras needed to provide the coverage you desire.

Check out this link to see more: Live Streaming Fleet Cameras


Monday, January 8, 2018

Eyeride vs. Safety Track Which Live Streaming System is Right for You?

It seems that there is a comparison going on between Eyeride's 400+ and the Safety Track UCIT    (U-See-It) 4 Channel; DVR system.
There is even a thought going around that Safety Track is not a Live Streaming system.

What we will try to do is an honest comparison and let you decide which is best for you.

Eyeride:
Live Streaming Video
Wi-Fi Uploads
GPS Tracking - 1-second updates
1 Carrier
Unlimited Data
Hardware cost for a 4 channel system. North of $1500 per vehicle
Monthly Data Plan: Verizon - Unlimited - Over $75.00 per vehicle.
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Safety Track
Live Streaming Video
HD quality recording
Connected car feature
GPS Tracking - 5-second updates
Multiple Carriers - You pick which is right for you.
Multiple data plans to choose from.

Hardware Cost: under $900.00 for a 4 channel system.
Multiple data plans - Pay for what you need. Starting at under$25.00 per month

Are you looking for a system that can give you what you want, it might be better to check around and compare the differences.

Need a Live Streaming DashCam? You're going to have to go to Safety Track. Eyeride at this time does not have a 2 channel dashCam that has live streaming capabilities.

If you may need features like Wi-Fi uploads, then you will need to go with Eyeride.
If you don't, then maybe a system that gives you live streaming video, at a fraction of the cost, both up front and monthly, Safety Track is the right choice for you.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

T-Mobile SyncUP Device with a Live Streaming DashCam


T-Mobile has released an innovative new device, the SyncUp. It is an OBDII tracking device that will provide tracking, recall notification, fuel levels and many more features just by plugging it into your Diagnostic Port of your vehicle. 


Now here is the BIG NEWS!!

You can add a Live Streaming Video 2 Channel DashCam from


Imagine, you can remote view into your vehicle, either a personal vehicle or even a business vehicle and get live streaming video. Making sure your teen driver's are not texting, or ensure that your fleet drivers are following company policies and procedures.
Increase safety and decrease Distracted Driving.
Simple to install and easy to use.


Low start up cost ($229.95) and a very low monthly access fee ($9.95).


This is BIG NEWS!  Contact Us at 888-286-9829







For more information: http://www.safetytrack.net/t-mobile-sync-up-drive/

It's time to take control of your vehicle.