London, 11 February 2019
Windscreen repair and replacement provider Auto Windscreens is predicting a 10 per cent drop in its annual fleet insurance and fuel bill using an integrated video telematics solution.
‘Being able to see exactly what has happened in any incident helps the team to respond quickly and efficiently to better safeguard our drivers - dispatching recovery trucks, calling the emergency services or hiring replacement vehicles, for example, in a matter of minutes,’ said Shaun Atton, Fleet Manager at Auto Windscreens.
The technology will also help improve driver behaviour. WEBFLEET's integral OptiDrive 360 functionality highlights dangerous or inefficient driving such as harsh braking, sharp cornering or speeding, with associated video evidence for each event, creating a complete picture of where positive intervention such as driver coaching is needed.
The cameras and real time driver feedback will also make drivers think greener and safer, with less aggressive driving styles set to reduce vehicle maintenance costs by minimising wear on components like tyres, brake pads and suspension.
Rapid and reliable identification of the incident details needed for insurance claims will also help minimise claims costs and therefore premiums for Auto Windscreens.
‘Knowing the vehicle speed and g-force severity at the precise point of impact has also given us indisputable evidence to refute personal injury claims, helping to reduce our loss ratio with our insurer,’ explained Shaun. ‘It also gives our insurer the information they need to be able to offer rapid settlement without having to go through protracted and expensive court proceedings.’
Richard Lane, Commercial Director at VisionTrack added: ‘The fact that Auto Windscreens can now view vehicle camera footage directly from WEBFLEET makes this a true connected vehicle solution.’
Beverley Wise, Director UK & Ireland for TomTom Telematics, added: ‘This is another strong example of how our open and enabling approach to integration can add such value for our customers. Telematics will highlight a sudden braking incident, but video will provide crucial further evidence, giving them a clear picture of what has actually happened.’