The award is being given to SmartDrive and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance by The Institute of Transport Management (UK).
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance is funding the deployment of SmartDrive's video-capture hardware, professional incident review, and associated web-based service for its clients in the United Kingdom.
The SmartDrive service captures video events of erratic driving and speeding and then professionally reviews and rates these events for subsequent driver counseling. All video and diagnostic data can be viewed by fleet/risk/safety managers by simply logging on to the SmartDrive secure web site.
The SmartDrive in-vehicle unit is mounted behind the rearview mirror and consists of two tiny cameras: one camera pointing forward, one pointing at the driver. SmartDrive is continuously recording, so "events" - such as tailgating, swerving, speeding, or a collision - are recorded and saved 15 seconds before the event and 15 seconds after. The SmartDrive system also features multiple panic buttons, which allow the driver to record and document the behaviors or incidents of other drivers or passengers.
For more information on SmartDrive, visit www.SmartDrive.net.