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February 15, 2019 4:00 PM, EST

Samsara Offers New Dash Camera, Invests in Artificial Intelligence

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Samsara, a San Francisco-based tech firm that is developing internet-connected sensors to monitor mobile assets, has unveiled a dash camera that uses artificial intelligence to identify dangerous driving behaviors.

The camera can provide instant alerts to drivers and relay information to fleet managers as a way to help coach drivers and prevent crashes.

“These cameras will allow us to be more proactive in regard to overall fleet safety,” Whitney Pence, a representative of Northwest Crane Service, said in a statement provided by Samsara. The Oklahoma City company operates a fleet of 300 vehicles.

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Unlike dash cams that only capture video when triggered by hard braking or aggressive driving, Samsara’s AI-enhanced cameras use computer vision to interpret road scenes, detect rolling stops, read speed limits and identify distracted driving and tailgating, according to Samsara.

The cameras are part of broader investment in artificial intelligence and are expected to give Samsara the ability to provide customers with added features through over-the-air software upgrades at no extra cost.

Founded in 2015, Samsara has more than 700 employees. The firm has raised $230 million in venture capital from funds managed by Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst. — Transport Topics