DriveCam Video Systems, a developer
of fleet safety technology, announced that it has been issued a
third patent for technology related to its DriveCam video event data recorder.
DriveCam also received two other patents in 2002 and has additional patents
U.S. Patent No. 6,389,340 was granted for the vehicle data recorder,
a self-contained device for capturing video imagery in response to a triggering
event. U.S. Patent No. 6,405,112 covers enhanced data retrieval capabilities.
The most recent, U.S. Patent No. 6,449,540, represents a method for detection
and recognition of a predetermined wave pattern produced external to a
These patents relate to the DriveCam Video Event Data Recorder, a tiny
video camera mounted behind a vehicle's rear view mirror that records
what drivers see and hear. DriveCam is part of the company's Driving
Feedback System used by commercial fleets to evaluate driver performance.
According to the company, used by thousands of commercial vehicles, the Driving Feedback system
has been proven to reduce the frequency and severity of collisions by
changing driver behavior.
"These patents strengthen our leadership position as a provider of video
event data recorders for commercial fleets," said Ed Andrew, president
of DriveCam. "Our technology incorporates video of actual driving events,
giving fleet managers the ability to counsel drivers and improve driving
performance. This translates into fewer accidents and reduced operating
costs. At the same time, the video recording also provides indisputable
evidence when an accident occurs."
The complete Driving Feedback System includes the DriveCam video event
data recorder, HindSight 20/20 software, a manager's guide, driver guide,
and instructional videotape. The DriveCam video recorder measures G-forces
caused by activities such as hard braking, acceleration, harsh cornering
or collisions, which trigger it to save a driving event for later viewing.
HindSight 20/20 is a Windows-based software program that allows fleet
managers to download and view driving events and use them to evaluate
individual driving performance.
About DriveCam Video Systems
DriveCam Video Systems develops fleet safety technology that it says improves
driving performance and lowers operating costs. Based in San Diego, the
company's Driving Feedback System combines video technology and management
software to identify high-risk driving habits. Additional information
is available at www.drivecam.com