New Federally Funded Study Shows Significant Reduction in Risky Driving with DriveCam


SAN DIEGO – July 7, 2009 – DriveCam Inc., a global Driver Risk Management (DRM) company, announced today that a recent FMCSA-funded study, conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has found that the number of risky driving events fell by 52.2% in the first fleet and 37% in the second fleet for those vehicles running the DriveCam Driver Risk Management Program.

The study involved 100 trucks – both long haul and short haul – over a 17-week period. During the 4-week baseline phase, the event recorder recorded safety-related events. However, the feedback light on the event recorder was disabled and safety managers did not have access to the recorded critical incidents to provide feedback to drivers. During the 13-week intervention phase, the feedback light on the event recorder was activated and safety managers had access to the recorded safety-related events (following the coaching protocol with drivers).

“Both carriers (long-haul and short-haul) significantly reduced the mean frequency of recorded events/miles traveled from baseline to intervention,” commented Jeff Hickman, Lead Researcher, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. “The results prove that the combination of onboard safety monitoring and behavioral coaching were responsible for the significant reduction in the mean frequency of events/miles traveled at both carriers.”

“The hard evidence of this study proves what our clients have been telling us for years,” commented DriveCam CEO Brandon Nixon, “The ultimate result of reducing risky driving events is the reduction in claims costs, which provide significant dollars straight to the bottom line.”

Dr. Hickman will present the results of the study in an FMCSA-sponsored webinar on July 22 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

About DriveCam Inc.

DriveCam is a global Driver Risk Management company that reduces claims costs and saves lives by improving the way people drive. By combining sight and sound, expert analysis and driver coaching, DriveCam has reduced vehicle damages, workers’ compensation and personal injury costs by more than 50 percent in over 110,000 commercial and government vehicles. With more than 13 million, DriveCam has the world’s largest repository of events reflecting actual risky driving behaviors. DriveCam has been included onInc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the U.S. for three consecutive years. For more information, visit