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In recent years, with the improvement of road environment and traffic laws, upgrading of the vehicle technology and equipment as well as the raise of driver safety awareness, the bus accident rate has been declined. However, there is still substantial room to improve the driver illegal drivings.

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In recent years, with the improvement of road environment and traffic laws, upgrading of the vehicle technology and equipment as well as the raise of driver safety awareness, the bus accident rate has been declined. However, there is still substantial room to improve the driver illegal drivings.

Common illegal driving behaviors: overspeed driving, illegal lane change, jumping the queue, running the red light etc.

Analysis on main reasons for illegal drivings:

1. The driver's daily workload (number of turns) is determined by the length of the route and fixed working hours. When the bus meets the peak congestion, it will be behind schedule. To make up the time lost in the congestion, the driver will easily drive at over-speed, change lanes illegally, cutting in the line, running the red lights and so on under good road conditions.

2. Usually the time for a single turn in many routes is more than one hour. The single lap time will be delayed about half hour when there is a traffic congestion during the peak period. But the driver's workload won’t change with the time delay. Therefore, the driver has no time to take a rest after finishing a lap and needs to continue with the next lap. In this case, the driver can easily get into fatigue and an accident may happen.

3. Due to complicated road conditions, heavy workload, working late and the responsibility they shoulder for the safety of passengers, the drivers experience particularly high psychological pressure. So, some of them intentionally drive illegally and blindly just to abreact the stress. Of course this will pose a huge threat to the safety.

 

Illegal driving is one of the reasons to cause a traffic accident. Once an accident happens, it will result in injuries, property loss, social contradictions etc.

Therefore, the government and enterprises should continually strengthen the management of the bus fleet and reduce driving violations.

Solutions

CareDrive, as a specialist in commercial fleet safety management solution, has been committed to providing unique and effective management solutions for bus drivers and fleet managers. The Driver Fatigue Monitor MR688 and Anti Collision Warning System AWS650, CareDrive’s independently developed drive safety systems, can be integrated with the fleet management system of the buses companies. The systems can accurately and effectively trigger alarms to the drivers to avoid an accident when identifying a potential hazard through detecting and analyzing the driver’s pupil, driving behaviors and road conditions. At the same time the alarm signals, images, video and other driving status will be delivered to the fleet management center. This will help the fleet managers effectively monitor and manage their drivers and vehicles, thus reducing accident rate, saving business costs and increasing business profit.

Successful cases

So far many public bus companies all over the world have been in cooperation with CareDrive. Let’s take a case of XXX company from Mexico to whom CareDrive customizes a solution.  

XXX is a large bus company in Mexico. Since early 2015, CareDrive has been offering XXX a complete solution including Driver Fatigue Monitor MR688, Anti Collision Warning System AWS650 and fleet management gps tracking system MDVR. With the solution, XXX successfully saved about 760 thousand US dollars and reduced 92% accidents compared to 2014.

Installations:

On a bus installed with AWS650, when the system detects that there is a potential danger of front collision or lane departure, it will make an alarm so the driver can take actions in time to avoid an accident. Also, AWS650 will output alarm signals and video to the fleet management center. With the signal output and remote monitoring through MDVR, fleet managers can understand the status of the driver and road conditions to find out the reasons for alarms.In this way, XXX has successfully formulated well-directed management policies and put them into practice. Business costs are proved to be lowered largely.

Video output of forward collision alarm on the bus:

The same way, alarm signal and video will be output when lane departure warning occurs. Following shows relevant records of lane departure warning:

Fleet managers still can further get to know the driver driving status, road conditions and reasons for alarms through a query and analysis on history alarm images.

Next let’s take a look at how MR688 works on a bus. On a bus installed with MR688, when MR688 identifies the driver becomes drowsy, distracted or drive at too high speed, it will send audible alarms to remind the driver stop to take a break, or drive with full attention, or control the speed. When MR688 emit an alarm, it at the same time outputs signals to the fleet management center. With the signal output and remote monitoring through MDVR, fleet managers can understand the status of the drive and take measures accordingly. MR688 successfully help XXX realize effective fleet management and reduce operation cost.

 

Driver fatigue alarm records on the bus:

Overspeed alarm records on the bus:

Compared with 2014, the whole solution help XXX achieve following values:

1. 92% accident rate reduced and USD760,000 saved in 2015.

2. 15% increased in passenger volume in 2015 due to a raise of driving safety.

3. Through a sound analysis on the backstage video and report sheets, the fleet managers have better understood the real driving status, based on which the company offers relevant driving training and education, formulate more reasonable work schedule and rewards and punishment rules, largely enhancing drivers’ safety awareness and sense of belongings to the company.

4. After an accident XXX can better distinguish accident responsibility based on the information/proof provided by video and report sheets etc.


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