Autosense NZ offers safety solutions for heavy and light vehicle commercial fleets through online driver training modules, in-cab simulator training and real-time management of fatigue and distraction using Guardian by Seeing Machines technology.
AutoSense began distributing Guardian in 2015 and with exclusive distribution rights in New Zealand, Autosense has built up a steady pipeline of clients installing Guardian into their fleets, hitting the 3,000 milestone of Guardian units installed across the country, this month.
AutoSense CEO, Charles Dawson said “Our vision is to help make NZ roads safer and Guardian fits perfectly with this as a way to prevent and manage dangerous driving events on the road, helping to keep all road users safer. It nicely complements our online learning modules, in vehicle coaching and assessments and simulation and virtual reality training. We know that Guardian works, because we’ve seen the evidence firsthand.”
The installation of Guardian to New Zealand fleets has steadily increased over the past couple of years, with AutoSense targeting 100 installations monthly. Key transport brands within New Zealand and Australia have installed Guardian into their fleets including Mainfreight, NZ Post, Hancock Forest Management, Linfox, Z Energy and more recently TIL Logistics.
Alan Pearson, CEO of TIL Group says “Safety is one of our key values at TIL and one we are very focused on continuing to improve and adapt in our culture. Guardian is a key technology that is helping to keep our drivers safe, and we wouldn’t be without it”.
Dawson puts down the steady demand for Guardian units to a greater awareness from transport businesses on the level of fatigue in the transport industry and also how distraction is also becoming a key factor in road accidents. A key focus is educating businesses on how the technology can benefit drivers, most notably by keeping them safer on the roads, which in turn leads to greater benefits for the business, more generally.
Says Dawson “We have spent a huge amount of time educating transport operators and their drivers on the benefits of the Guardian technology. Knowing that driver engagement is a big part of a business installing the technology, we now have a dedicated role within our business which focuses on training and education of Guardian. As part of this, we’ve also developed a separate campaign brand to connect directly with drivers, called EYESUPNZ”.
“We are pleased with how far we have come with Guardian, but we are committed to reaching our next milestone of 4,000 units installed by 30 June 2021” says Dawson. AutoSense seems well on the way to achieving this with a contract with Dynes just being signed to install Guardian across their fleet of 150 trucks, and Toll NZ also committing to installing across their fleet of 100. Says Matt Horan, CEO of Dynes Group “We recognise fatigue as a very real issue for drivers, and as we care deeply about our people anything that helps protect them is a no brainer. Having Guardian installed across our fleet was the easiest decision we’ve made in the last 12 months”.
As AutoSense goes from strength to strength with Guardian installations, the efforts have also been recognised by Brake’s Australasian Fleet Champions Awards with AutoSense receiving a Highly Commended in the Fleet Product Safety category. Caroline Perry from Brake said “AutoSense has demonstrated a significant commitment to reducing fleet road risk, in particular addressing driver fatigue and distraction with their customers using Guardian. Brake is committed to sharing best practice in fleet safety and recognising companies that are working to reduce incidents involving vehicles being driven for work through our awards. We congratulate AutoSense on their highly commended entry at this year’s awards in recognition of their work.”
For more information on Autosense and Guardian by Seeing Machines go to www.autosense.co.nz