Distracted driving is a type of unsafe driving behavior that includes using a phone, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, or fiddling with the stereo.
When the dash cam detects a dip in head pose while the vehicle speed is greater than the configured speed threshold, Samsara can play optional in-cab audio alerts to help notify drivers to keep their eyes on the road. See Distracted Driving Triggers for more information on distracted driver detection.
Samsara also automatically reports a Distracted Driving event and uploads a five second video to the Safety Inbox. The video upload captures the moment of distraction, not necessarily the in-cab alert. To view a 15 second inward-facing or road-facing video, click Request 15 seconds of video to initiate the video retrieval from the safety event and then you can view the video from Video Retrieval.
If Samsara detects Distracted Driving, it will negatively impact the driver safety score. Dismissed events do not impact the driver safety score.
As with other alerts, you can configure real-time alert notifications via email or SMS when a Distracted Driving event arrives in the Safety Inbox.
To enable Distracted Driving Detection, perform the following workflow:
Select the Settings icon ( ) at the bottom of your Fleet menu to view dashboard settings.
From Fleet > Safety > AI Event Detection, enable Distracted Driving Detection.
Configure the Distracted Driving Detection settings:
In-cab audio alerts: Choose whether to play in-cab audio alerts when Samsara detects distracted driving.
Speed Threshold: The minimum speed that the vehicle must be driving before an event is detected and a Safety Inbox event is uploaded (0 mph, 10 mph, 25 mph (default), or 35 mph). Increasing the speed threshold will reduce the volume of events and decreasing the speed threshold will increase the volume of events. Given the high volume of events (especially for 0 mph and 10 mph), for each driver Samsara uploads a maximum of one event per trip, two events per hour, and a maximum of 48 events per day to the Safety Inbox.
Severity: Based on the time it takes a driver to go from a distracted state to a normal state. The in-cab alert triggers when the driver has exceed the distracted time threshold. Severity levels are:
Low (all events): 5 seconds
Medium (medium and high severity events): 6 seconds (Default)
High (high severity events only): Recovery duration of 7 seconds
Save to confirm the setting.