After choosing the Driver•i dash cam to improve the safety of your fleet, our team of technicians will help you through the installation process. In this blog, we’ll go over the process of installing Driver•i. 

How Do You Choose the Right Dash Cam for Your Fleet?

When choosing the right dash cam, it’s important to know what your fleet needs in order to improve safety and performance. Your fleet needs a system that accurately captures both positive and negative driving events, is easy to use, and has clear data insights that can be quickly accessed. These capabilities keep your fleet safe without having to sacrifice efficiency. 

Driver•i protects your fleet on and off the road without the delay of a complicated installation process.     

Overview of the Driver•i Camera System

Netradyne’s Driver•i camera system captures both positive and negative driving events like speeding, following distance, and stop sign compliance. The inward-facing camera is triggered by distracted driving events and the in-cab audio alerts will nudge drivers so they have time to take the correct safety actions. Through machine learning and artificial intelligence running on the device (a.k.a. edge computing), the safety system analyzes large amounts of data quickly, also sharing insights with the fleet managers to inform their coaching. 

How to Install the Dash Cam

Netradyne’s technicians can help you install the Driver•i camera system. Other options include using the Driver•i Installation App which will help the team run tests remotely. To get a better idea of what the process looks like, here is a step-by-step overview. 

Choose the right location to install the dash cam

The dual-facing dash cam affixes behind the rearview mirror so events and alerts can be effectively captured. The four additional cameras, if you opted for the Driver•i Hub, can be attached to the front, back, and sides of the vehicle to give both the driver and the fleet manager a 360-degree view around the vehicle. 

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Prep the installation area

The Driver•i dash cams should be installed in a location that does not interfere with the driver’s view. Usually, the optimal place will be the top center of the windshield. Also, take the time to remove screws and hardware from the headliner so cables can be routed into it. Before installing, the technician will ensure that the required tools and optional kits are available.

Install and align the dash cam

The dash cam will capture events better when mounted to the top center of the windshield, usually behind the rearview mirror. Another option is mounting the dash cam towards the passenger side of the vehicle. As you mount your dash cam, make sure the camera is level with the right and left side of the windshield. When your dash cam has been secured, it should have a clear, level view of the road and of the driver.

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Routing the power and data cable to the electrical and data connection point

You will want to route the power and GPS cable toward the side of the vehicle so it can connect to the vehicle and camera power connections. To do this, your technician will route a small amount of cable to the mounting bracket. There are small holes on each side of the bracket; use these holes and zip-tie to secure the cables. The cable will be secured with a “zip-tie” through the small holes on the sides of the bracket. 

Next, the cables will be routed as close as possible up into the headliner from the mounting bracket. Make sure to route the cable away from the windshield seal as much as possible. Then, the A-pillar cover will be removed to continue routing toward the entry point of the dash panel. The power and data will then be separated from the GPS antenna cable. Continue to route the cables to the electrical connection’s source.

Placing the GPS antenna module in the right location

The module sits on the far side of the vehicle’s dashboard. The cable attached to the module should be down in the dash corner near the A-pillar.

Connecting the power cable to the vehicle

For this step, your technician will need to make sure they have the correct adapters to connect to the vehicle. For the dash cam to be fully functional, it will need the following connections to the vehicle: Chassis ground (GND-), 12 Volt constant battery power (Batt+), and 12 Volt switch ignition power (IGN+).

Connecting the dash cam to the app

Now the easy part! Access either the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store to download the Driver•i Installer App. Then follow the instructions given by the app to connect your cameras to Driver•i mobile app.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you have a better idea of what to expect during the installation process, take advantage of Netradyne’s additional resources on fleet safety. Explore how you can get the most out of your fleet safety software here.

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