Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, announced its partnership with Lytx® and the implementation of Lytx’s flagship product, DriveCam®, into 4,400 Ryder vehicles supporting its Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) and Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS) business divisions. The DriveCam program addresses safety by combining data and video analytics with real-time driver feedback and coaching, resulting in reductions in injuries and collisions. The Company made the decision to incorporate DriveCam’s solution as part of its operational initiatives after a six-month DriveCam pilot at various Ryder locations.
“As an industry leader in safety and security, we recognize the importance of investing in technologies like DriveCam that enable us and our professional drivers to make continuous improvements around safe practices and driving behaviors,” said Sandy Hodes, Ryder’s SVP and Deputy General Counsel. “Our partnership with Lytx reinforces our commitment to our drivers and our core value of safety in the communities we serve.”
In the past 12 months, the DriveCam program has allowed Ryder to identify and target the top behaviors contributing to fleet risk. This has enabled Ryder’s professional drivers to significantly improve their results, reducing well over half the number of near collisions while increasing both following distance and response time. The program has also enhanced the quality of communications between Ryder and its professional drivers, and in turn, has encouraged the Company’s drivers to embrace continuous improvement and best practices adoption.
“While the DriveCam program does the heavy lifting to pinpoint risk in fleets, it’s up to the Ryder team to take action on the insights DriveCam delivers,” said Lytx Executive Vice President and Chief Client Officer David Riordan. “The extent to which Ryder has improved driver behavior is a testament to the quality of its drivers, engagement of its frontline managers, and highly effective coaching.”
DriveCam’s model identifies behavioral improvement opportunities for increased safety through a patented, iterative process of scoring, prioritizing, and tracking the results of driving behaviors. In-cab video captures driving behavior, which is objectively reviewed and scored, and then passed on to the fleet for use in coaching drivers. Fleets manage the DriveCam program through a web-based online portal.
Ryder continually monitors emerging fleet technologies and works closely with leading technology providers and equipment manufacturers to provide feedback around functionality, usability, and adaptability. The Company has a long track record of consistently improving the performance, safety, and reliability of commercial vehicles. Technologies, such as DriveCam, aim to get drivers home safely and reduce the possibility of vehicle crashes, while also providing a cost benefit to Ryder customers.