Lytx data shows 25% drop in collisions between users

Video telematics provider Lytx has taken more than 35 billion miles of customer driving data from 2021, combined it with several billion more miles of proprietary information from previous years, and generated its fourth annual report on the status data, which shows collisions and more serious accidents. among its substantially declining customer fleets – 25% and 17%, respectively – and identifies the top five lists of unsafe driver behavior and accident hot spots nationwide.

The report, released on April 27, shows that the coaching that customer fleets provide to their drivers – through “events” captured from Lytx’s video platform – helps to improve safety on the road and reduce accidents, Gary Johnson, director of safety services for Lytx, says in an interview with Fleet owner.

“When technology, especially video technology, came out, it was difficult [for drivers] to be adopted, but obviously more to be adopted now, with proven results,” Johnson said. “You have technology like ours that notifies them immediately if behavior has been detected. There is self-coaching. This is where we see customers adopting this. »

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The new findings show that drivers using the Lytx driver safety program experienced fewer crashes, despite a post-pandemic increase in risky driving on US roads last year as measured by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This information comes from Lytx’s proprietary database of commercial vehicle driving data from 2019 to 2021, including more than 14 million risky fleet vehicle driving events captured in 2021, according to a release from the company. society.

“Lytx’s annual State of Data Report gives our customers and our business valuable insight into how well our security services are performing and where we can improve,” Johnson added in the statement. “In an increasingly challenging transportation landscape, it’s more important than ever that we continue to innovate and develop tools to help keep drivers in our fleet safe and educate them about the risks around them.”

“In 2021, we increased investment in our technology, innovations, partnerships and human resources to gain even more insight into the transportation on our roads,” added David Riordan, executive vice president and general manager of Lytx, company. “We captured over 35 billion miles of driving data last year, bringing our total data set to over 185 billion miles. We analyze this data to help vehicle fleets better understand road safety risks. road and driver behaviors that can have a positive effect on safety.

Data on derived driver actions in 2021 showed that their top five risky behaviors were:

  • Do not drive on a designated road.
  • Driving too fast for the conditions.
  • Late response to a hazard or changing road conditions.
  • Do not use mirrors.
  • Run a red light.

Lytx DriveCam event recorders use machine vision and AI that can help manage distracted driving in the moment and provide video evidence for the protection of a fleet in the event of an accident. Event recorders automatically detect 11 risky driving behaviors inside and outside the vehicle.

According to the April 27 release, Lytx data also revealed increases in certain risky behaviors that fleet managers can address in their companies’ safety programs. Among them were the top five actions of increased risk by drivers:

  • Distraction from an electronic device when not on a cell phone. For example, watching movies on a computer or other electronic device such as an iPad.
  • Driver unrestrained while exiting identifiable roadway.
  • Cell phone distraction.
  • Speed ​​violation displayed.
  • Distractions other than electronic devices – consumption of food or drink, for example.

According to Lytx, the data also measured the top five behaviors associated with events that nearly resulted in crashes:

  • Not keeping sufficient space around a vehicle.
  • Distractions other than electronic devices – consumption of food or drink, for example.
  • Do not use mirrors.
  • Driver failure to properly scan an intersection before entering.
  • Late response to a hazard or changing road conditions.

The five main behaviors associated with real collisions:

  • The driver made a risky gesture: for example, he put his hands on the steering wheel for more than three seconds.
  • Didn’t pay attention.
  • Driving too fast for the conditions.
  • Failed to use mirrors.
  • Distractions other than electronic devices – consumption of food or drink, for example.

The report also reveals the riskiest states, cities and roads in 2021 for driving in the United States, as well as the riskiest days and times to be on the road.

According to Lytx, the states – New York, California, Nevada, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia – were at least 1.5 times riskier than the others due to their large populations, high traffic volumes and patterns of unusual traffic.

Data from a year earlier showed the top five riskiest states for fleets were California, Washington, Texas, Oregon and Georgia. According to Lytx, COVID-related lockdowns were likely a big factor in the 2020 rankings. For example, New York was more pandemic-lockdown that year, while Texas and Georgia were less restrictive.

More Lytx 2021 data revealed the cities and metropolitan areas most at risk. The New York area and Newark, New Jersey topped this ranking. They were 28% riskier than the second city on the list, Chicago. Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim, Calif., finished third, followed by Atlanta at No. 4 and Philadelphia at No. 5.

These five road segments were 220 times riskier than the average road, according to the report. According to the Lytx, the riskiest roads in 2021 were:

  • Interstate 94 near West G. Rogell Drive, which is close to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan.
  • US 422, a narrow freeway near Mercer Road in Butler, Pennsylvania.
  • US 422 near Glade Drive in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
  • Interstate 95 near the Port of New Haven in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • US 422 near East Butler Road in Butler, Pennsylvania.
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