Seat belt information is crucial to many of Geotab’s customers. However, it is not always as easy to retrieve as its physical simplicity may imply.
This means that different vehicle models, makes, and years can all report seat belt data differently. Because of this, Geotab goes the extra mile to obtain seat belt information. Geotab’s GO device employs a complex detection and verification algorithm to combat these difficulties in order to cater for as many vehicles as possible. The GO device will report data it believes is seat belt data, but only when a piece of data passes the verification process will Geotab start reporting seat belt.
While it seems seat belt data should be straightforward to report, as there are only two states – buckled or unbuckled – in actuality, it is not! The many complexities include:
The following describe the various stages that the GO device must go through in the seat belt detection process in order to be an “all in one” solution:
One can surely speculate how the list can go on and on for various different driver behaviors. Geotab’s detection system caters for many of these events to verify seat belt data before it starts being reported to the customer. The GO device processes when unbuckled and buckled events occur during the trip and use other pieces of engine data before the device decides how likely that this piece of data is truly seat belt data.
Geotab is constantly adding new seat belt data for more and more models, makes and years. The detection and verification process is continuously being updated to account for new seat belt information and the different ways seat belt can behave in vehicles and fleets.
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