Lytx: Put fleet-tracking equipment in your car

Fleet tracking experts Lytx (3D16) is talking to fleet managers at the show about the best way to convince drivers and their unions that driver-facing cameras and driver behaviour analysis software is intended to protect rather than discipline drivers.

One way could be for managers to agree to have the technology fitted in their own cars first to demonstrate the safety benefits – Lytx has found that in the 850,000 vehicles worldwide with its systems installed there is a 50% reduction in collisions.

“All our systems have one aim – to make sure the driver gets home safely” Ofelia Chernock, market development manager, Lytx

Lytx is showing its ActiveVision driver distraction and fatigue detection system that uses a combination of artificial intelligence and machine vision to alert drivers and managers if a driver is dozing off or distracted.

Ofelia Chernock, Lytx market development manager, said: “Managers should install them in their own cars to convince drivers of the benefits. This is about developing a strong safety culture and improving relationships between management and drivers. The transport industry needs to take a lead on this.”

As autonomous vehicle technology like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic lane keeping develops, intelligent trucks will take over more and more of the mundane tasks involved in driving on trunk roads long before trucks become truly driverless. This could increase the risk of boredom and distraction for drivers who will have little to do for long periods of time but may be required to take back full control suddenly in an emergency.

JOST return to the CV Show with all new products

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JOST, a regular at the show over the years, has after a brief break returned in full force for 2019. “We wanted to return with something new to show,” said marketing co-ordinator Matthew Downey.

Arguably best known for its fifth wheels, JOST was keen to put another, very important part of its business centre stage – trailer axles.

Since 2015, JOST has been manufacturing and distributing a full range of axle types for various applications, having purchased the business unit from Mercedes-Benz. New at the show is the JPS 9000 – a 9-tonne pusher axle for 6x2, 8x4 and other vehicle configurations, which you can see on stand 5B30.

Another innovation is organic grease, a lubricant for its fifth-wheel couplings. This is completely biodegradable and available now for the same price as its traditional product. The organic grease product is compatible with JOST’s LubeTronic system – an intelligent, automated greasing system for fifth wheels.

Joachim Dürr, CEO at JOST, said the organic product was attracting a lot of interest from clients with environmental concerns and proving popular with clients in the foodservice sector.

The environment – along with a push to reduce maintenance requirements and a greater focus around safety –are, according to Dürr, the three main trends the manufacturer is seeing in the sector and informing its conversations with customers.

That ongoing conversation is why JOST is here too. “Being at the show is about our commitment to the market. While by being here we hope to drive sales of course, it is an invaluable way in which we can reach out to our customers, confirm these trends and understand their demands,” Dürr said.