Blind-spot tech could slash heavy vehicle crashes

U.S. study finds new technology can reduce crashes by 20%

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It’s an important road safety topic for the road transport industry, but it looks like technology could be the answer to blind-spot crashes.

Anyone who has ever driven a truck or bus will tell you that visibility, or a lack of visibility, particularly down the lower sides of the vehicle and below the windscreen, make driving a large vehicle that bit more difficult.

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Now comes claims that removing those blackspots could cut serious heavy vehicle related crashes by more than a fifth.

The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analysed more than 5,000 accidents that occurred in 2015 and compared results with two similar studies, one of which was carried out by Volvo.

It was shown that in the U.S. alone more than 55,000 injuries would have been prevented if all vehicles had been equipped with blind spot or collision avoidance technology.

Vehicle safety expert at Brigade Electronics, a supplier of camera monitoring systems and vehicle safety solutions, says lives can be saved through this tech.

“The cost of property and vehicle damage is significant and is magnified by the associated costs, such as downtime as a result of a vehicle being out of service.

Even greater though, are the immeasurable emotional costs and reputational damages when there is a personal injury or death.”

And is having blind-spot mirrors the answer? Corey says no.

“Research has shown that in the time it takes to scan four mirrors, assess and then react to hazards, even at speeds of 3 mph (5kp/h) a vehicle could travel as far as 33 feet (10 metres).

“The only way to solve the problem and completely eliminate blind spots is by installing a 360-degree monitoring camera which will provide a real-time surround view of the vehicle in one single image.”

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What do you think? Is tech the answer? Have you tried one of these camera systems? Or are blind-spot warning devices a better idea?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

About Joel Helmes 1676 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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