Sunday, September 02, 2007

CapMetro Goes with DriveCam

Austin Business Journal - 9:41 AM CDT Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board has approved a $785,000 contract with DriveCam Inc. for a video and audio system meant to improve driving safety.

DriveCam's Driver Risk Management system is a windshield-mounted program that takes video and audio clips of the vehicle it's mounted on and any other vehicles involved in an accident or situation. The recorder can be triggered manually by the driver or automatically by unusual motion.

Capital Metro officials say the system, which will be placed on all Star Tran operated buses, the paratransit fleet and some field work vehicles, will save the organization at least $940,000 in five years.

"The safety and security of our passengers is a top priority at Capital Metro," says Mark Ostertag, Capital Metro safety and security director. "The DriveCam system will not only improve our level of safety but will also help the authority reduce costs associated with collisions."

Capital Metro's other contractors, First Transit and Veolia, already have DriveCam installed in their fleets, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Houston Metro also already use the technology.