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Daimler Truck North America has announced plans to offer a full factory-installed dual-camera module from video telematics provider Lytx on its Freightliner and Western Star trucks, calling such an installation a first in any truck.

Additionally, Daimler Truck Financial Services announced its partnership with Chicago-based High Definition Vehicle Insurance to offer a safety-focused insurance offering exclusively for commercial fleet operators called Freightliner Dynamic Insurance.

The Lytx camera is capable of recording digital video facing the road and the driver. Factory installation will reduce setup time and speed up truck commissioning, according to Portland, Oregon-based DTNA.

Ordering of the dual-camera Lytx option will begin later this fall, with the first Lytx-equipped trucks being built in February for the Freightliner Cascadia and in March for the Western Star X-Series line of 47X, 49X and 57X models. , DTNA reported.

In addition to video capture, the dual-camera system integrates machine vision and artificial intelligence to help improve unsafe driver behavior, including distraction detection and alert technology. A subscription to Lytx is required to use its system and access video footage. Billing for the Subscription Service will be handled by Lytx.

The camera housing uses the footprint of the already installed Detroit Assurance system used by Freightliner and Western Star. This minimizes the use of windshield space and preserves the driver’s line of sight. The Lytx system works well with active safety systems also available as an option for trucks manufactured by DTNA, according to the truck manufacturer.

Aufdemberg

“Lytx’s new camera offering is a direct response to fleet demands for integrated, factory-installed solutions that contribute to greater safety while reducing the time and inconvenience associated with aftermarket installations,” Mary Aufdemberg, Director of DTNA’s product strategy, said in a statement.

DTNA noted that Lytx technology, including the dual camera system, is used by more than 4,800 fleets worldwide.

Meanwhile, using telematics technology, Dynamic Insurance starts with competitively priced insurance offering broad coverage, flexible payment terms, enhanced forms of coverage, and no hidden fees. The service extends with tools that allow fleets to set safety goals and benchmarks and interact with drivers seamlessly. Customers benefit from a combination of their drivers’ safety and technology, which can result in lower monthly premiums, Fort Worth, Texas-based DTFS noted.

Tobias Waldeck

Waldeck

DTFS is very sensitive to the small and medium fleet market, “which has been particularly challenged by insurance premium hikes and tighter underwriting,” said Tobias Waldeck, DTFS vice president of sales and marketing. , in a press release.

Dynamic Insurance is the second dynamic product from DTFS – Daimler Truck North America’s lending institution – to join its dynamic leasing product based on telematics data.

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