Lytx has announced a first-ever OEM integration collaboration with Daimler Truck North America using Lytx’s industry-leading video telematics system and all-new camera solution integrated into select Freightliner and Western Star models.
The company also revealed an all-new parked vehicle trigger that helps fleets avoid potentially risky parking on the side of a highway or on/off ramp.
Lytx Integrates with Daimler Truck North America
At the American Trucking Association’s 2022 Management Conference & Exhibition, Lytx announced it has collaborated with Daimler Truck North America to launch a new vehicle telematics gateway and camera solution that can be ordered directly from the factory on select Freightliner and Western Star models.
The solution will leverage Lytx DriveCam components, which will be integrated in the vehicle during the production of those models. Customers can begin placing orders later this fall, with the first Lytx-equipped trucks to be built in early 2023 for the Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star X-Series line of 47X, 49X, and 57X models.
This OEM solution is powered by the Lytx Vision Platform, which provides OEM partners and clients with the ability to leverage video, big data, and artificial intelligence to build custom solutions.
Lytx Parked Feature
Commercial drivers face the challenge of locating a safe place to pull their rigs over. Drivers are often forced to park on the shoulders of interstates/highways or on/off ramps if no other options appear available. This type of risky parking can increase the chances of devastating collisions, serious injuries, and financial liability risk for companies, Lytx officials said in a press release.
To help mitigate this rising risk, in the coming weeks, Lytx will provide an all-new feature for fleet managers. The feature, called Parked-Highway/Ramp, triggers when the Lytx DriveCam event recorder identifies a stopped vehicle (for 10 minutes or more) and assesses if it is located on the shoulder of an interstate or highway or on an off/on ramp where other vehicles may be passing by. When a Parked-Highway/Ramp event occurs, the fleet manager is notified so that they can intervene by sending nearby safe parking locations via GPS directly to their driver.
Development of the Parked feature was initiated through a close collaboration with customers within Lytx Lab, an idea incubator and a way for Lytx engineers and safety experts to work directly with customers to address market needs.
“The primary mission of Lytx Lab is to work closely with our clients during the research and development process in order to get a better understanding of what the market needs, enabling us to accelerate innovation and quickly deliver new tools powered by the Lytx Vision Platform that companies can use to improve their safety programs and operations,” said Rajesh Rudraradhya, Lytx’s chief technology officer. “With the incredibly insightful feedback we received from customers using the feature in its early stages, we were better able to iterate and refine the final version of Parked-Highway/Ramp, the first official experiment to originate from Lytx Lab and be publicly released.”