| 27 September 2013
Better technology means safer vehicles – which is taking the stress out of daily driving and eliminating potential incidents.
Safety technology such as sensors, cameras and crash avoidance systems are now must-haves for commercial vehicle owners and fleet operators that want to avoid accidents, expensive repairs and legal problems.
Here’s a run down of the safety technology that every HGV should have…
Without infrared technology HGV drivers are unable to work safely in the dark. It’s next to impossible to see obstacles and potential hazards.
Modern vehicle cameras can light up the road in a way that headlights cannot, using night vision images displayed on dashboard-mounted monitors.
They’re invaluable for spotting hazards in the dark, some even with intelligent detection to highlight hazards.
All round vision
It’s really difficult to judge the amount of space around a large heavy goods vehicle, and blind spots make things even harder.
360° systems use images from cameras mounted in strategic locations of the HGV and display the images on a dashboard-mounted monitor.
Vision Techniques VT Overview system pieces the separate images together showing a single image on a monitor, providing the driver with a birds-eye view that moves as the vehicle does.
That means no more scrapes and accidents caused by poor judgment of the vehicle size.
Imagine if your vehicle could sense potential dangers and apply the brake automatically.
Well, not only are these auto braking systems available but some systems take it a step further and alert the driver before taking any automatic action.
Auto braking systems are great for preventing reversing accidents or even stop-and-go traffic situations.
Blind spot detection
When all your windows and mirrors fail you, you can use sensors to alert you of dangers in your blind spots.
Using these sensors will detect the presence of other vehicles or cyclists directly to the car’s sides, and give the drivers visual and/or auditory warnings to avoid a crash.
Digital video recorders
Hi-tech mobile digital video recorders (DVRs) are vital to fighting false insurance claims against heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and deterring theft and vandalism.
False claims can cost businesses millions of pounds per year. Our new range of DVRs can provide an accurate witness to help with investigations.
Using a mobile DVR on a HGV can help identify potential hazards and operational problems, such as operator safety issues and adverse driver behaviour patterns.