Fleet Management, New Features, Efficiency

10 Most Exciting Samsara Features Launched in 2019

December 17, 2019

Olivia Marcus

Manager, Content Marketing


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As 2019 comes to a close, all of us at Samsara are reflecting on a truly game-changing year. This year, we reached dozens of exciting new milestones—from launching our new AI dash cams (the CM31 and CM32) to launching our EU Data Centre and celebrating our first 10,000 customers.

But we're most proud of the dozens of new features we added to Samsara this year, a reflection of our commitment to innovation.

When you choose to partner with Samsara, hardware is just the beginning. From custom roles and permissions to our new utilisation report, every new feature is an additional tool to help you operate more efficiently, safely or sustainably. Our goal isn’t just to help you gather data, but to make your data more actionable with useful features and reports.

Whether you’re looking to catch up on what you missed or simply reminisce on this year’s greatest hits—here’s a roundup of Samsara’s top 10 most exciting new features from 2019.

1. Driver coaching tools

Launched in May, our new driver coaching tools make it even easier to identify coachable driving moments and give drivers relevant feedback that improves performance. Now, you can flag incidents that need coaching and assign them to a specific safety manager for review, simplifying how you divide responsibility and improve accountability. Plus, Samsara aggregates coachable events by driver and provides suggested scripts to standardise feedback. The cherry on top? You can easily track your impact with dynamic charts that show harsh events, crashes, and speeding trends over time. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

2. Live Sharing

Meeting customer expectations in the age of Amazon is no easy task—especially when it comes to providing accurate ETAs. In March, we redesigned a feature that makes it easy to delight your customers: Live Sharing. With a fresh new look, Live Sharing is a simple way to keep customers informed (and happy) by communicating real-time ETAs and live location information for vehicles or assets. In just two clicks, you can create a custom Live Sharing link for any vehicle or route. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

3. New Documents fields

We designed our Documents feature to make it as simple as possible for your drivers to capture information—like fuel receipts or proof of delivery—on the go with the Driver App. Now, your drivers can use Documents to capture two new pieces of relevant information: dates and times. Plus, we’ve made it possible to create required fields and introduced a new field type (multiple choice), so you can standardise the way your team is using and receiving Documents. This year, we also rolled out driver walk around templates to simplify daily checks in compliance with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

4. Live tachograph updates and instant analysis

Two tachograph releases in one! These new updates make it possible to turn compliance into an advantage. Instantly view remaining driving hours to optimise routes and avoid costly infringements. Should an infringement occur, Samsara’s in-depth Social Infringement Reports will identify it automatically. These reports capture core EU infringements and display them visually, making it easy to identify when these violations took place. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

5. Camera ID for driver assignment

Without the information you need to accurately assign drivers, tracking driving hours can be a challenging and time-consuming process. To streamline driver assignment, we launched Camera ID, a new feature that uses facial recognition and our advanced algorithms to identify and tag drivers to vehicles, trips, and event footage. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

6. Planned vs. Actual Report

The Planned vs. Actual Report is a powerful tool that you can use to optimise route performance. With the report, you can see the time and distance it actually takes to complete a route compared to the route plan. With stop-level insights by route or customer, you can identify which drivers are taking too much time at a particular route stop, which stops tend to take longer than planned, and even evaluate trends in on-time performance for specific customers. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

7. Rolling stop detection

Rolling stops are notoriously hard to detect unless a ticket or collision occurs. But if you have a CM31 or CM32 dash cam, Samsara can automatically detect when a driver rolls through a stop and upload footage to your Safety Inbox for review and coaching. You can even customise the speed sensitivity for rolling stop detection via the Camera & Safety settings within your dashboard. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

8. Custom roles and permissions

With this new feature, organisational admins can create their own roles and customise the permissions associated with those roles within Samsara. Custom roles ensure that the right people see the right information within your dashboard and keep your team operating smoothly, while balancing privacy concerns. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

9. Sensor data overlay

Released only this past week, Sensor Data Overlay displays sensor data from multiple door and environmental monitors together on the vehicle show page. With this unified view you can investigate temperature and humidity changes across a trip, evaluate if an open door caused temperature fluctuations and monitor discrepancies between zones within your trailer or reefer.

10. Asset scheduling

When you own and lease equipment, keeping track of where your assets are and what job they're assigned to can be tough. With our new asset scheduling tool, you can manage all your jobs and asset assignments directly in your dashboard, giving all teams visibility into the information they need in one central place. At a glance, you can see which assets are engaged on a job and how long they’ll be tied up, helping you plan for the future and avoid double-booking. <strong>Learn more &rarr;</strong>

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With dozens of new features released this year, we know it can be hard to keep up! Get a head start on the new year by reaching out to your rep to learn more about our latest features and how you can use them to benefit your fleet. If you would like to get started with Samsara for the first time, click below. <strong>Get Started &rarr;</strong>


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