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Spy-in-cab technology gains momentum

FLEET operators are turning to black box technology to encourage good driving standards, according to on-board management system manufacturer Leafield AVM. It has produced VeMIS, an on-board computer which as well as its safety consideration offers control of day-to-day running costs and fuel consumption.

VeMIS uses coloured lights to provide visual warnings while also transmitting key parameters covering the driver and vehicle performance. The management software will highlight incidents of speeding, excessive engine revving and harsh braking - and as an option the route taken by the vehicle. Ken Evans, managing director of the Tamworth company, said: 'A key aim of VeMIS is the avoidance of accidents in the first place through using defensive driving techniques.'

Spy in the cab technology has moved in a new direction with the introduction of an in-cab video recording system from Enfield, Middlesex-based American Video Equipment (UK) to monitor drivers. Its RT 195 event recorder uses standard VHS cassette tapes for up to 480 minutes' playback time, runs off a 12-volt DC power source, and can be linked to a CCTV camera.

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