Onboard Monitoring System Field Operational Test

The objective of this project was to determine whether an onboard monitoring suite (OBMS) reduces at-risk behavior among commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and improves driver safety performance. In addition, to collect more than 30 million miles of naturalistic large truck driving data to support future CMV safety research efforts. An effective strategy in reducing the influence of crash risk factors is to obtain better, more targeted driver feedback. The OBMS used in this study provided drivers and their safety managers with cumulative feedback on risky behavior during real-time driving. It recorded (through snippets of video and other performance/kinematic measures) unsafe driving behaviors and provided real-time feedback to drivers. This was the final phase of a three-phase study to identify the importance of feedback on driver performance. OBMS devices (provided by SmartDrive), were installed on approximately 200 vehicles across two commercial trucking fleets and two bus companies. Using quantitative and qualitative data collected over an 18-24 month period via OBMS devices, researchers worked to answer the following research questions: (1) Does individual driving performance improve over time with OBMS feedback? (2) How does the OBMS feedback program improve safety? (3) How do the drivers’ opinions and attitudes toward the OBMS feedback program change over time? (4) Can the OBMS accurately distinguish “good” drivers from “at-risk” drivers? (5) If driving performance improves, does it remain improved over time? (6) What are the fleet safety managers’ opinions and attitudes about the OBMS? (7) What is the business case for implementing an OBMS feedback program? (8) What are the user differences between the electronic logging device that is integrated into the OBMS and the previous methods for recording hours-of-service data? A final report detailing study findings is published and available.


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $848,000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Walker, Martin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061
  • Start Date: 20091000
  • Expected Completion Date: 20150927
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150900

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01592625
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2016 1:58PM