JK Moving Services - a global moving, storage, relocation, and logistics company based in Sterling, Virginia - has installed dashboard cameras in 10 of its latest Volvo moving trucks.
The cameras are installed in the trucks’ cabs and automatically react to a trigger event - such as a sudden stop or jostling movement - recording a 12-second video clip, which is sent to DriveCam, a third-party vendor that monitors and evaluates the incidents.
DriveCam sends JK feedback when opportunities arise to improve driving behavior, enabling JK to provide customised training to drivers. The dashcams have resulted in employees improving their driving skills and experiencing fewer triggering events. Another benefit is reduced wear and tear on the trucks as skills improve, saving fuel and extending the life of brakes and other parts. In addition, dashcams have become an important documenting tool in the event of an accident, helping to clarify who is at fault, resulting in further savings.
Chuck Kuhn, CEO of JK Moving said, “We are always looking for ways that technology can improve our service. Dashcams have been well-received by our drivers. We’ve seen our strong driving record improve even more and have realised savings. That’s good for our customers as we work to make their moves efficient and safe and it is also good for our company.”
JK has always been one of the first to adopt new technology. In 2006 its safety team installed electronic logging devices in company vehicles to ensure compliance with federal safety rules governing the time drivers spend on the road. It wasn’t until earlier this year that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made it mandatory for all trucking companies to install electronic logging devices in their vehicles.
Photo: Dashcam installed in driver’s cab