Europe News: SmartDrive and Driving Services UK partner with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance

Europe News:  SmartDrive and Driving Services UK partner with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance UK has selected SmartDrive™ and Driving Services UK to provide vehicle risk management technology to UK fleets.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance has funded a deployment of SmartDrive’s in-vehicle video-based driver safety service for one of its clients – fruit & vegetable distributor, Reynolds Catering Supplies.

Driving Services UK will provide UK-based incident and road-related risk management consulting as part of the agreement.

This project is the first of its kind to be funded and supported by a motor fleet underwriter in the UK.

According to Marc Wanless, Underwriter-Motor at Mitsui Sumitomo in the UK, the company believes that the combination of SmartDrive’s technology and Driving Services’ consulting will provide Mitsui’s client with a solution that will dramatically reduce collision frequency and translate into substantial cost savings, not only from an underwriting perspective, but operationally as well.

SmartDrive says that its behaviour-changing technology has the potential to dramatically reduce the number of erratic driving events and collisions that take place in commercial vehicles.

The SmartDrive service captures video events of erratic driving and speeding, and then professionally reviews and rates these events for subsequent driver counselling. All video and diagnostic data can be viewed by fleet/risk/safety managers on the SmartDrive secure website.

The SmartDrive system records continuously, so events – such as a tailgating, swerving, speeding, or a collision – are recorded and saved 15 seconds before and after the event. The SmartDrive system also features multiple panic buttons, which allow the driver to record and document the behaviour or incidents of other drivers or passengers.

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