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Fleet analytics and cloud based managment

Working with people that understand the value of safety and have a sense of responsibility makes life a lot easier.  Blank-it has spent many years developing a product that is easy to install across large fleets with the soul purpose to ensure drivers keep theirs eyes on the road and not on the computer while they are driving.

The Blank-it Portal, released 2 years ago, provides fleet analytics this means all fleet managers have an overview of license activation, speed & location, GPS strength and can manage which programs the drivers can and cant use while driving.

Blank-it is an award winning safety solution that protects over 300 organisations world wide including Police, warehousing, road side assist, motor manufactures, rail and many many more.

 “Version 5 is very close to perfect.  Engine starting and running has no effect. The screen blanks the instant the truck is moved and stays off while even driving slowly.”

Supply Chain Solutions are Protected by Blank-it

Supply Chain Solutions use Blank-it to ensure their fleets are protected from the risks associated with distracted driving.

Steve Anderson, Fleet Maintenance Manager,WSI

Read more about the improvements in Blank-it Version 5 & Blank-it Portal.

VW’s Clever Texting and Driving Ad

Various governments, transport and health departments etc have produced campaigns to highlight the dangers of distracted driving, a few of which we’ve highlighted in the past.

Now Volkswagen have just released a very clever campaign of their own which is probably the best example we’ve seen so far of demonstrating just how dangerous distraction can be.

To set the exercise up, Volkswagen took a crowd of people to a movie viewing and obtained their mobile phone numbers as they entered. Before the expected movie was shown, the screen displayed  a ‘first-person’ view of someone starting a car and driving on a rural road. The audience have no idea what they’re watching but they are looking at the screen to see what will happen next.

Then, the organisers used location-based messaging to send everyone in the cinema a text. Nearly everyone takes their eyes off the screen to read the text message.

Watch the video to see what happened next.


At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

Find out more today at Blank-it.com – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).

Distracted Driving in the News – Jan 2014

The driver distraction issue received some prominent coverage in the Australian media in January.

Today Tonight

Channel Seven’s ‘Today Tonight‘ program aired a feature on distraction, incorporating some interesting driving simulator footage showing the effects of various types of distraction.

See the accompanying article here: http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/latest/article/-/20893186/texting-drivers-put-to-the-test/

News Exchange

Also, national broadcaster ABC’s “News Exchange” program broadcast an in-depth segment on driver distraction and new technology in vehicles.

You can see the program using the link below – the segment in  question starts approximately 12 minutes into the program.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-24/news-exchange-driver-distractions-sochi-uniforms/5218502

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

NSW Distraction Related Crashes Double in Decade

fatal-distraction-01The drive.com.au site reports that  the number of crashes on NSW roads in which driver distraction was a factor has doubled in less than a decade.

The article appeared after 7 people were killed over 12 hours on NSW roads. Police believe that 6 of those crashes were caused by human error, including one where the driver was reportedly on the phone.

Mike Regan, from the University of NSW Transport and Road Safety group, said attention was increasingly being shifted from the road:

There are more technologies in cars which drivers are interacting with – that’s leading to distractions

According to the Centre for Road Safety, in 2011, drivers distracted by something inside their cars were a contributing factor in 1,585 crashes, compared with 748 in 2004. Over 900 of those accidents in 2011 resulted in injury.

Talking about the increasing integration of technology in cars, Professor Regan said:

We have new ways of a mobile phone connecting with cars that may cause more distractions than a hand-held phone itself

Lauchlan McIntosh, from the Australasian College of Road of Road Safety, said it was difficult to legislate against driver distraction and there should be more investment in solutions that disable devices when cars are moving.

A report by a State Parliament committee on road safety this year recommended better testing of electronic devices for driver distraction effects, and more enforcement of rules relating to in-car technologies.

 

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

 

States Step Up Efforts to Combat Distracted Driving

ghsa-logoThe Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has released its second look at how states are dealing with the problem of distracted driving. The report, titled “2013 Distracted Driving: Survey of the States”, reveals that more states are enacting and enforcing laws directed at distracted Drivers.

Among the key findings:

  • 39 states and the District of Columbia (DC) identify Distracted Driving as a priority issue, a 43 percent increase from 28 states in 2010;
  • 47 states and DC now have specific laws prohibiting various forms of distracted driving that impact most drivers. Of those states, 41 ban texting by all drivers, compared with only 28 states in 2010 (a 45 percent increase);
  • Law enforcement officers in almost every state are actively enforcing distracted driving laws, a significant change since 2010;
  • 47 states and DC are taking steps to educate the public about the threat of distracted driving, a 26 percent increase from 37 states in 2010;
  • Four states – California, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Texas – are working with affiliates of the National Safety Council to provide education and technology-use policies to major employers. Delaware and Kentucky have corporate outreach coordinators in their highway safety offices that are responsible for working with employers;
  • Currently, 47 states and DC collect distracted driving-related data via police crash reports and 18 states report that changes and/or upgrades to data collection efforts are planned for the coming year. Several states are also collaborating with colleges and universities to conduct observational surveys and analyze distracted driving crash data to better understand the problem.

GHSA Deputy Executive Director Jonathan Adkins stated:

This latest report confirms that states recognize the threat posed by distraction and are working hard in several areas to address it – States face major obstacles including a lack of funding for enforcement, media, and education. That, coupled with the motoring public’s unwillingness to put down their phones, despite disapproving of and recognizing the danger of this behavior, makes for a challenging landscape.

See news release here: http://www.ghsa.org/html/media/pressreleases/2013/20130717distraction.html
At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

Fatal Distraction – Australian Newspapers Launch Pledge Campaign

fatal-distraction-01News Ltd papers in Australia have launched a ‘pledge’ campaign highlighting the death and injury toll associated with driving and texting.

Under the heading “Please put the phone away: how one text at the wheel can kill” the campaign aims to increase awareness of the dangers of driving and texting.

The News Limited analysis of police, court and coroner’s records reveals text wreck victims over the past decade include drivers, their passengers, other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

According to the article, the mounting death toll has prompted a coalition of grieving relatives, road safety groups, mobile service providers and others to unite in a bid to stop such accidents.

They are urging News Limited readers to sign a pledge promising not to text behind the wheel, and also to take action to stop friends or family if they see them in the act.

Find out more here: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/please-put-the-phone-away-how-one-text-at-the-wheel-can-kill/story-fni0fit3-1226668022491

Crash Cuts Off Text Mid-Sentence

Police say that University of Northern Colorado student Alexander Heit was typing a text message when he apparently lost control of his car and ran off the road.

While he was texting, US police state that the 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel and went off the road, rolling his car.

Heit died shortly after the April 3 crash, and his parents and police are hoping that the photo of the mundane text on his iPhone will serve as a stark warning to other drivers.

The photo, published in The Greeley Tribune, shows Heit was responding to a friend by typing “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw” before he crashed.

Witnesses told police that Heit appeared to have his head down when he began drifting into the oncoming lane in the outskirts of Greeley, where the University of Northern Colorado is located. According to police, an oncoming driver slowed and moved over just before Heit looked up and jerked the steering wheel.

Police say Heit had a spotless driving record and wasn’t speeding.

In a statement released through police, Heit’s mother said she doesn’t want anyone else to lose someone to texting while driving.

“In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you,” she said.

Article Link: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/world/final-text-crash-cuts-off-sentence/story-fnhrvhol-1226618691883

 

Can you Manage Distracted Driving with Technology?

A recent Injury Board article raises the interesting question – Can we fight technology with techology? That’s what some parents are asking when it comes to stopping their teenage sons or daughters using their cellphones while behind the wheel of the car. Instead of taking the phone away, which is an impractical option in many cases, parents are turning to new product offerings that are designed to use technology to help manage the distracted driving problem.

One such product, called CellControl, can control up to six cellphones. Parents who purchased the product say they are comforted by the fact that they can control their children’s cellphone use while driving, especially since, according to surveys,  nearly half of all young drivers use their cellphones to surf the Internet and a third use them to access social networking sites.

However, CellControl isn’t the only product available to parents looking to keep their young driver (and other road users) safe on the road. Product offerings from iZup, Zoomsafer and others offer technology that prevents or helps to control cellphone use while driving.

Parents aren’t the only ones worried about their drivers on the road. In fact, corporate fleet managers are increasingly turning to technology to prevent their employees/drivers from using their cellphones while driving.

Recent federal regulations that took effect on January 1 will impose fines for commercial truck and bus drivers up to $2,750 each time they’re caught using a cellphone while driving, and companies are becoming more aware of their obligations and responsibilities when it comes to employee safety and accident/damage liability.

It seems that parents and companies responsible for drivers are taking the position that technology got us into the problem of distracted driving in the first place, but it can also get us out.

Read the full article, complete with links to other related items  here

Blank-IT has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform with distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

 

Distracted Driving and Workers Compensation – An Attorney Speaks

The second video released by our friends at Zoomsafer features an attorney discussing Distracted Driving in relation to Workers Compensation.

Together with the previously posted clip, these videos demonstrate the importance of creating and enforcing effective Distracted Driving policies.

The second of these videos is embedded below – apologies for the poor sound quality.

Blank-IT has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction and in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform with distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

Blank-IT accommodates swing-away brackets to address situations such as Emergency Responder vehicles, where computer access is required for a non-driving crew member. It can also be configured to allow access to legally allowed functions such as aids to navigation and dispatch systems where applicable.

Find out more today at Blank-IT – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).

Employers Not Enforcing Distracted Driving Policies

A recent survey conducted by our friends at ZoomSafer reveals some interesting figures about business attitudes towards Distracted Driving and employer liability.

The survey covered 500 business managers in North America and was designed to record corporate attitudes and best practices in this area. The results show that there is an increased awareness of the distracted driving problem and of the need to create company policies to address it, which is encouraging – BUT it also shows that many companies do nothing to enforce these policies and hardly any use technological solutions to assist in this.  

A brief summary of the main findings shows that: Read more