ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) has reinforced its commitment to the safety of its drivers, customers, and road users with a substantial new investment in vehicle safety technology.
CDC, which provides public bus and charter services across metropolitan and regional Australia, is working with technology company GreenRoad to roll out leading safety telematics and driver behaviour management solutions to over 1,700 buses located in Victoria, Canberra, and New South Wales. The implementation of GreenRoad in Victoria and Canberra is expected to be completed by October 2023, followed by New South Wales in early 2024.
The aim of the GreenRoad rollout is to enhance safety for passengers, drivers, and other road users. This technology is designed to improve driver performance on the road and increase operational efficiency, while reducing accidents by highlighting any risky driving practices.
CDC is the first company in Australia to integrate GreenRoad with its existing Mobileye Advanced Driver Assistance System, providing drivers with comprehensive levels of safety support. Mobileye acts as a second set of eyes, monitoring for on-road hazards and warning of dangers such as unintentionally drifting from a lane, while providing collision avoidance and headway management.
ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia CEO, Nicholas Yap, said that the investment in GreenRoad technology demonstrates that the company cares about passenger, driver, and road safety.
“While our drivers are trained and mentored in safe driving techniques and behaviours from when they begin working at CDC, we believe in the continuous improvement opportunities that GreenRoad offers,” Mr Yap said.
“CDC has used vehicle telematics for some time, but we are rolling out GreenRoad because we believe the real-time information it provides drivers makes it the most effective safety telematics system for use while driving.
“Combined with our existing Mobileye system, we’re aiming to provide the best-possible on-board safety systems for the safety of the communities we serve,” Mr Yap said.
The GreenRoad technology uses artificial intelligence and provides drivers with real-time coaching and support. It detects risky manoeuvres– like harsh cornering, braking, lane changing, acceleration and speeding and alerts drivers with real-time feedback to reduce these unsafe driving behaviours.
This technology also guides drivers toward more economical driving habits – encouraging smoother driving and less idling – to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and improve the range of battery-electric powered vehicles.
GreenRoad’s data from a range of customers shows that the system, on average, reduces collisions by up to 70 per cent in the first year of use, while also reducing fuel consumption by up to 5%.
GreenRoad CEO, Zohar Elhanani, said he is pleased to be offering more Australians the opportunity for safer roads through the partnership with CDC.
“We are very proud of our partnership with CDC, enabling its fleet to reach ever higher standards of safety and customer experience,” Mr Elhanani said.
“The introduction of GreenRoad’s innovative driver behaviour management solution will bring tremendous value to both CDC’s managers and drivers and we look forward to close cooperation for many years to come,” he said.