Safety is an essential driver of uptime, revenue and business success. If you're in the fleet world, you might know that the Detroit Assurance® with ABA 5 Suite of Safety Systems and Detroit Connect® are powerful technologies that can help maximize all three. But did you know that Assurance and Connect are even more powerful together?
Detroit Assurance is an industry-leading truck safety system that helps mitigate potential collisions and protect drivers – and, ultimately, maximizes fleet uptime.
The system uses a high-definition camera and radar to communicate with the anti-lock braking system, engine and transmission in real time. It can simultaneously monitor up to 40 objects and can efficiently identify the top six threats by refreshing 200 times per second.
This technology powers a wide range of Detroit Assurance features, but here are a few highlights:
• Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5) uses the front camera and radar to help trucks mitigate potential collisions with vehicles and moving pedestrians via warnings, partial and full braking.
• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to 0 MPH utilizes the front camera and radar to automatically adjust a truck's cruising speed to maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles.
• Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses the front-mounted camera to monitor lane markers. It keeps a truck between the lines by notifying the driver if they drift into another lane without signaling.
• Side Guard Assist (SGA) incorporates a side-mounted radar to issue audio-visual warnings that can help keep drivers aware of objects and pedestrians in their truck’s passenger-side blind spot.
While Detroit Assurance helps protect drivers and vehicles on the road, Detroit Connect collects and analyzes a range of information – such as vehicle performance, diagnostics, driver behavior and safety data – so that fleet managers can make smarter, quicker and more informed decisions.
Detroit Assurance and Detroit Connect form a comprehensive fleet safety and performance monitoring solution that's greater than the sum of its parts.
Together, Assurance and Connect provide a comprehensive safety and telematics solution for fleets, all delivered via the Detroit Connect Portal – a one-stop information hub that fleet professionals can access from anywhere. If Assurance is the extra pair of eyes that protects drivers on the road, Connect is the brain that fleet managers rely on to make sense of all the safety-related data captured over time.
The Detroit Connect Portal gives fleet managers access to a wealth of data that can help improve fleet safety and keep trucks on the road. For example, Detroit Connect Virtual Technician® remote diagnostics service takes the guesswork out of diagnostics. Within minutes, it lets fleet managers know the severity of a fault event and provides recommendations for when, where and how to best fix the issue.
With the Safety Event Viewer feature, fleet managers have the ability to view footage and review data before, during and after severe safety events. Greater visibility into these types of events makes it easier to address safety issues – such as excessive hard braking or the disabling of systems – before they become larger problems.
By analyzing safety event data and identifying patterns of driver behavior, fleet managers can provide more effective, targeted training to drivers. Drivers, in turn, can be better equipped to make smarter decisions on the road, mitigating potential collisions – and saving the fleet money.
The legal implications of a safety incident can be devastating for a fleet – especially a small one. Fortunately, Assurance and Connect have your back. In the event of a legal challenge, fleets can use data from the Detroit Connect Portal to demonstrate their commitment to safety and reduce the potential of being wrongfully blamed for an incident.
What sets Detroit apart in truck telematics? One word: integration. Just like our trucks and engines, our technologies are built to work together from the ground up. Most telematics offerings are developed by third parties, but being both the truck manufacturer and the technology system provider enables Detroit to deliver a safety and truck telematics platform that's as powerful as it is easy to use.
As the line between trucks and the technology that powers them continues to fade, one thing is for sure: Smarter fleets are the future – and your competition today. That's why Detroit Assurance and Detroit Connect will continue to support fleets with powerful, fully integrated safety solutions.