Vision Zero and How Telematics Can Help You Get There

Vision Zero and Telematics

Contributed by Kim Thoman

In this segment we will discuss Vision Zero and how sophisticated and affordable telematics solutions can help you reach your goals. First it is important to understand what Vision Zero means and how it works.

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990’s, Vision Zero has proved successful across Europe. It was officially introduced in North America 1995 and is quickly being adopted across many cities in the United States. Among these cities are Seattle, NYC, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston and many more. Even closer to home Orlando, Tampa and Hillsborough are implementing Vision Zero goals.

Where to Start

The question is what tools are needed analyze the data involved with traffic fatalities. Information that is important to study is traffic patterns, traffic light coordination and timing, occurrence of collisions and the ability to highlight hazardous intersections to name a few. NYC’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), for example, adopted telematics to encourage safe driver behavior in its very large municipal fleet. In an effort to make change DCAS uses collision reporting data to better understand the occurrence of collisions. This allows them to better modify safety training, evaluate roadway conditions and assess the efficiency of street improvements and projects for all road users. Another benefit of telematics for DCAS is the reduction of costly lawsuits and process that consume valuable resources.

Vision Zero Results

NYC’s Department of Transportation (DOT) also implemented the same telematics solution in the agency’s 35,000 fleet vehicles to analyze the speed within the fleet and the quality of pavement. In NYC, telematics has contributed to a reduction in fatalities two in 2018 compared to eight in 2014 as employees engage in safer driving behavior.

We live in an era of Big Data. Telematics can optimize smart transportation. Aggregate data allows cities to closely monitor traffic flows, understand the effects of new projects and speed reduction programs as well as assess the efficiency of traffic signals, map air quality and highlight hazardous intersections. These are all tools to better manage the city’s transportation system as a whole.

Vision Zero

More Benefits With Less Effort

By combining air quality sensors with telematics solutions, city vehicles have the ability to measure air pollution without changing their regular routes, according to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Air pollution data is collected by stationary air quality monitors placed miles apart. This has been proven not to be the best solution as studies have shown that air pollution levels can vary greatly from one block to another.

By installing mobile monitors on fleet vehicles could allow a city to cover more ground. According to the report, a fleet in a small or medium North American city could map 50% or more of the city with 10 vehicles, and almost 80% of the city with 20 vehicles. In Washington, D.C., where only five stationary air pollution monitors are installed throughout the city, the top 20 public vehicles covered nearly 70% of the city in six months.

The Future of Vision Zero and Telematics

Vision Zero is not a slogan, not a tagline, not even just a program. It is a fundamentally different way to approach traffic safety. That being said, implementing a successfully proven telematics solution is an invaluable tool to help cities across North American reach these powerful safety goals.

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Geotab Drive Version 2002 – See What’s New

Geotab Version 2002 First Look

As we have come to expect, when a new version of Geotab is released there all always a lot of questions. We just got our first look at Geotab Drive 2002 and want to share an advance look at what is coming soon. By turning on “Feature Preview” in your Geotab account settings, you will see some changes sooner.

To turn the preview on, click on your username in the Geotab UI, then click options. Scroll about halfway down the page to UI Settings and click the on button for Feature Preview. Don’t forget to scroll back to the top of the page and save your new setting.


turning on feature preview
turning on feature preview

What’s New in Geotab Drive?

Geotab Drive Version 2002 addresses simplifying the workflow and navigation. There are also a few new notewothy features, so let’s jump right in.

New DVIR category and ability to attach images to defects and repairs.


A new DVIR type called “In-trip” has been added for drivers who may find a defect in the middle of a trip, and would like to inspect the vehicle without affecting the Pre-trip and Post-trip DVIR flows.
DVIR In Trip
Geotab Drive Version 2002
Geotab Drive Version 2002
Also new in Geotab Drive Version 2002 is the ability to upload images to DVIR inspection defects and DVIR repairs. This will save both the driver and the mechanic time, especially when a problem may be difficult to describe. Images contribute to a complete and fully documented defect report and repair report.

To add images to a DVIR, tap the Camera icon under the selected defect. The DVIR displays the uploaded images for both inspection and repair events. The uploaded images are then available in MyGeotab. In MyGeotab, an Image icon indicates whether the DVIR includes images for inspection and/or repair events.


The limit for the number of shipments that can be listed has been increased to 25.

Moving Unidentified Logs

Previously, Admins were able to move individual automatic drive logs from the Unidentified Logs section to the appropriate driver, which resulted in duplicate ON logs if the paired automatic ON log was not moved as well. This issue has been corrected by preventing Admins from moving logs without using the Bulk edit feature, which moves both the Drive log and the paired ON log together.

Removing Vehicles or Drivers with Current Regulatory Data

In Geotab Drive Version 2002, any device or user with recent regulatory data (e.g. HOS and DVIR logs) can no longer be removed until the data is purged. Users will now see the following error messages when deleting a user or vehicle with regulatory data.

Prevent deletion of needed data
Prevent deletion of needed data

Changes to Handling Ignored Logs

The ignore logs feature has created some confusion among both drivers and administrators. FMCSA has ruled that automatic driving logs and the associated on duty logs can no longer be transferred to another driver as there was apparent abuse of this feature. If incorrectly assigned, the logs must remain, but can be ignored.

The following updates have been made to the Ignore Log feature:

  • Users now have the option to ignore HOS logs in bulk.
  • Ignored logs that continue to the next day as placeholder logs are now greyed out to match the UI on MyGeotab.
  • Ignored logs are now available by default under the DutyStatusIgnoredLog column on both the Standard and Advanced HOS reports.
Ignored Log

Workflow updates

To improve the login and logout workflows, while reducing the amount of time it takes to reach the HOS Dashboard, an Assets screen has been added to display the vehicle, trailers and shipment selections in a single view. The DVIR screen also displays the vehicle and trailer in one view. The same applies for both the login and logout workflows.

Availability Warnings Display at Login in Feature Preview

In the past, drivers have interrupted their break time to log in to the Drive App to view duty status information placing themselves in violation of the rule. In Geotab Drive Version 2002, break and driving limit information is now displayed when logging in (with Feature Preview enabled) on the new Availability screen.

The Availability screen displays whether drivers are in violation, at risk for potential violation, or have upcoming violations. The images below show examples of messages that may display when logging in.

New consolidated work flow
Availability Warnings
Drivers now have the option to apply the Exempt HOS Allowed by tapping the Exempt HOS button, if enabled by an Admin.

Drivers now have the option to add an OFF log for any upcoming violations.

Clock-in/Clock-out now in Feature Preview

The Clock in/Clock out feature allows drivers to navigate through the login/logout workflow while still remaining in the Drive App. When a driver taps OFF or SB, they can either take a break, or clock out. If they tap Yes to clock out, the driver proceeds through the normal logout workflow.

The Clock in/Clock out workflow is available offline and does not require an active wireless connection. However, to fully log out of the Drive App, a wireless connection is required on the driver’s mobile device.

While clocked in, the driver stays in the App, where they can choose to remain assigned or unassigned from their vehicle.

While clocked out, the driver can view duty status logs, messages, and DVIR logs that are attached to the vehicle.

To clock back in, the driver can use the prompt at the top of the Dashboard, or tap D or ON to continue the login workflow.

Clock Out
Clock in


New Exempt HOS Allowed’ exemption available

A new Exempt HOS Allowed exemption has been added for drivers who are exempt from Hours of Service (HOS) and/or ELD rules under specific circumstances. A good example of this is the Agriculture exemption. When logging out, the driver must now change their exempt status to ON or OFF. Previously, the FMCSA required HOS or ELD-exempt drivers to use Personal Conveyance (PC).

Admins have the option to customize the name of the exemption in MyGeotab via Administration > System > System Settings, as well as the ability to toggle the exemption settings for each driver under the HOS Settings tab on the User Edit page.

HOS Exempt
HOS Exempt
and even more…


  • Improved Personal Conveyance (PC) distance on reports
  • Improved Verify Log logic for placeholder logs
  • Improved IOX-USB fIOX-USB now calculates the PC based on the following information: The selected ruleset, the PC limit defined in the User Settings, and the PC limit defined in the System Settings.
    If the driver exceeds the PC limit, the system automatically places the driver in the Drive status.

Visit Geotab to see all of the details.

MyGeotab Version 2002 – See What’s New

MyGeotab Version 2002 First Look

As we have come to expect, when a new version of Geotab is released there all always a lot of questions. We just got our first look at MyGeotab version 2002 and want to share an advance look at what is coming soon. By turning on “Feature Preview” in your Geotab account settings, you will see some changes sooner.

To turn the preview on, click on your username in the Geotab UI, then click options. Scroll about halfway down the page to UI Settings and click the on button for Feature Preview. Don’t forget to scroll back to the top of the page and save your new setting.


turning on feature preview
turning on feature preview

What’s New in MyGeotab?

Users – You can now designate your support, training and procurement contacts for your organization in the UI

This is an optional setting that may be very helpful, especially in large organizations. Assign key experts from your organization who can answer questions and solve problems in MyGeotab! As professionals in areas of training, procurement and technical support, these individuals can share knowledge and identify tools to help meet your needs in the Fleet Management Application. They can also receive important updates about new features, and other areas we are working on to support your business. Individuals designated as support contacts must provide a phone number, since we may redirect calls if we cannot assist a user from your organization who needs help.

New User Options in MyGeotab version 2002
New User Options in MyGeotab version 2002

New Phone number field and System Communications tab on the User Edit page

There is a new System Communications tab which combines email reports, in-app notifications and service updates, into one convenient view. Use in-app notifications (formerly called: news notifications) to stay up-to-date with service updates and other news, all without leaving MyGeotab. There is also now an phone number field for all users.

User Authentication Advances

Basic HTTP-based authentication using the HTTPS/SSL security methods.
SAML Single sign-on (SSO) authentication. [Active Directory (Azure or ADFS) is available from Fleetisitcs]
MyAdmin Uses your MyAdmin credentials for access to MyGeotab.

Users can now transition between three authentication types:
SAML > Basic
Basic > SAML
MyAdmin > Basic

Start your week on any day

In MyGeotab version 2002 you can choose any day to start your work week. In previous versions this was limited to Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Moving on to the Map

Using a clustered approach,there are new tools to show you where your vehicles are, which vehicles have stopped (indicated in orange), and which vehicles are driving (indicated in green).

live map clustering

Driver Assignments

Driver Assignment The live Map now displays new drivers as soon as they are assigned to a vehicle. Previously, new drivers were only updated when the next trip occurred. Also, the pop up window for assigning a driver is now much clearer to understand.

The driver will be assigned to the vehicle for all trips until:

  • The driver is assigned to another vehicle.
  • Another driver is assigned to this vehicle.
  • The driver is unassigned from this vehicle.
Other new features worth mention are a new pending changes message, updated system notices, a billing reminder message when removing a device, and the diagnostic code token is now available in all custom notification templates.

The EV Charging Report and EV Charging Activity indicators on the live map are out of Feature Preview.

Visit Geotab to see all of the details.