Zonar Unveils Video-Based Driver Coaching Solution

Posted on October 24, 2017
Zonar Coach is an advanced driver assistance system that can identify proper and risky driving behavior and provide instruction to drivers in real time.
Zonar Coach is an advanced driver assistance system that can identify proper and risky driving behavior and provide instruction to drivers in real time.

SEATTLE — Fleet management technology supplier Zonar has unveiled Zonar Coach, a video-based coaching solution designed to improve commercial vehicle safety, efficiency, and compliance.

Zonar Coach is an advanced driver assistance system, leveraging G-sensor based event detection and automatic video capturing technology. It can identify proper and risky driving behavior and provide instruction to drivers in real time to help prevent accidents, improve driver efficiency, and maintain compliant vehicle operation.

The coaching solution is designed to provide live, non-invasive, in-cab voice event notifications to the Zonar Connect tablet when a driver exhibits potentially risky behavior, such as exceeding posted speed limits, tailgating, lane drifts, or missing stop signs. It can automatically capture video or images of driving events, including location data, so drivers can refer to and learn from their record in the future. After completing a drive, drivers can also access their scorecard on the Zonar Connect tablet, where they are rated for each event type. This information can help teach corrective action for future drives and can be used as verification for any captured driving events.

Fleet managers can access data from Zonar Coach through the supplier’s Ground Traffic Control web portal. They can also set thresholds and notifications for their fleet’s behavior based on criteria they determine most critical to their operations. Fleet operators are also able to see the same video and scorecard that drivers view on their tablet.

"Zonar prioritizes safety above all other factors; keeping people on the roads safe is our top concern whenever we develop a product," said Larry Jordan, chief product officer. "Zonar Coach will encourage safer driving habits and increase safety for anyone on the road, whether it's an operator behind the wheel or a family on their way home."

Rewarding Safe Driving

Zonar Coach helps increase driver engagement and control through driver scorecards, which can be leveraged to further encourage good driving habits by tracking and capturing key performance indicators. Fleet managers can use this data to reward the safest, most efficient, and compliant drivers while reducing and correcting potentially dangerous behaviors.

Managers will also have access to event video reports, scores, trends, and analytics to improve fleet management and driver performance. Zonar Coach is supported by a U.S.-based customer care team available 24/7 to ensure optimal operation, according to Zonar.

"A fleet manager's understanding of driver behavior can be important in reducing overall operating costs," Jordan added. "Better drivers help with a fleet’s bottom line, and Zonar Coach supplies a performance-based training model to help ensure drivers are working at peak performance levels."

For more information on Zonar Coach, go here.

Related Topics: driver skills, driver training, telematics, video surveillance, Zonar

Comments ( 1 )
  • Joe Shepherd

     | about 9 months ago

    The tablet is a distraction just like cell phones and radios. For school bus drivers, the students are distraction enough.

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