The Samsara AI dash cams (models CM31 and CM32) can detect unsafe following distance, often referred to as tailgating. Following Distance AI Event Detection helps you improve driver safety by sending optional in-cab alerts to encourage drivers to increase following distance. Dash cams use a combination of distance estimation and current speed data to detect unsafe following behavior in real-time. By default, a Following Distance safety event is raised at speeds greater than 45mph with a following distance of 1sec or less for a minimum duration of 30sec.
After you enable Following Distance detection, your cameras automatically determine camera height and perform Camera Calibration. During this time, vehicles must operate for approximately 30min at speeds greater than 45mph to enable the calibration process to complete. Vehicles that are not calibrated do not trigger Following Distance events. To adjust the camera height or perform the camera calibration manually, see Camera Calibration.
Each unsafe Following Distance detection impacts the driver safety score and triggers an upload of a 10sec safety event to the Safety Inbox starting from 5 seconds before the alert triggers and ends 5 seconds after the alert triggers.
To enable in-cab audio for an individual vehicle, you must also enable and Configure Following Distance Detection for the alert to trigger.
As with other harsh event alerts, you can create a real-time alert to send notifications in email or using SMS when an unsafe Following Distance event occurs.
When you Configure Following Distance Detection, you can customize the time threshold, the driver speed threshold, and in-cab audio alerts. Increasing the severity threshold may reduce the triggering of some or all these events.
When the dash cam detects an unsafe following distance while the vehicle speed is greater than the configured speed threshold and longer than the unsafe behavior duration, the dash cam can play an optional in-cab audio alert to help notify drivers to maintain a safe following distance. By default, in-cab audio alerts are disabled and a Following Distance safety event is created at speeds greater than 45mph with a following distance of 1sec or less for a minimum duration of 30sec.
To enable Following Distance Detection and configure in-cab audio alerts, the speed threshold, and unsafe behavior duration, perform the following workflow:
Select the Settings icon ( ) at the bottom of your Fleet menu to view dashboard settings.
From Fleet, select Safety > AI Event Detection.
Enable Following Distance Detection.
Configure the Following Distance Detection settings:
In-cab audio alerts: Choose
ONto play in-cab audio alerts when Samsara detects an unsafe following distance. By default, in-cab audio alerts are
Speed Threshold: The speed that the vehicle must be driving before an in-cab alert triggers and a Safety Inbox event uploads (35 mph, 45 mph (default), or 55 mph). Increasing the speed threshold reduces the volume of events and decreasing the speed threshold increases the volume of events. Samsara uploads a maximum of 5 events per hour to the Safety Inbox.
Duration: Length of time that the dash cam detects the unsafe driving behavior before it reports the Unsafe Following Distance event (15 seconds, 30 seconds (default), or 60 seconds).
Save to confirm the setting.