UK finished vehicle carrier Carlson Vehicle Transfer has equipped 65 of its car transporters with 3G surveillance cameras from Intelligent Telematics in an effort to minimise insurance costs, reduce accidents and facilitate driver training.

The IT1000 forward-facing camera will capture and provide immediate access to footage of any road collisions, near misses or what Intelligent Telematics describes as “harsh driving events”. The technology replaces the SD memory card devices Carlson was using which the company reported having high failure rates. The SD cards also relied on captured footage having to be manually sent to Carlson’s head office, delaying responses to road incidents.

Intelligent Telematics said Carlson will now have complete visibility of all collisions and driving incidents across its vehicle transporter fleet via an online portal, with an email, screen pop up or SMS notification when an event has occurred.

“We are committed to using the very latest technology, specialist equipment and highly-trained, professional staff,” said Carl Richardson, managing director of Carlson Vehicle Transfer. “By working with industry-leading partners such as Intelligent Telematics, we are able to operate the most hi-tech fleet within the automotive sector delivering a quality and responsible service. In particular, we are looking to use the IT1000 3G cameras to achieve a reduction in both accident frequency and insurance costs, while encouraging high levels of driving excellence within our fleet.”

Carlson has a total fleet of 142 carriers, both general car carriers and premium enclosed transporters. The company’s main customers include Nissan UK, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, as well as the used-car auction house, Manheim Auctions. Groupe Cat has a 50% share in the company.