Wincanton Trials Innovative Safety Technology to Protect Vulnerable Road Users
Wincanton is currently trialling innovative vehicle safety technology to protect vulnerable road users and prevent damage to their new shredding vehicle operated by Wincanton Records Management (WRM).
Brigade’s Backeye®360 Select was fitted to the 18 tonne vehicle to allow the driver to see a ‘bird’s-eye’ view, eliminating blind spots and reducing collisions. Backeye®360 Select is an intelligent camera monitor system designed to assist low speed manoeuvrability by providing a real-time surround view of a vehicle in a single image. Presenting all-round visibility in one image saves the driver having to process information from several mirrors or monitors in quick succession, making it easier to assess possible hazards.
Bob Chambers, National Transport Manager, WRM said: “The innovative system allows the driver of the vehicle to literally see any obstructions or vulnerable road users anywhere around the vehicle. As we build up the shred mobile business in and around the City of London, this piece of safety hardware will prove invaluable in keeping a safe interface between our vehicle and vulnerable road users.“
WRM’s high value 18 tonne paper shredder vehicle operates in difficult urban conditions including congestion; vehicles in close proximity with pedestrians and cyclists all sharing road space. WRM’s focus on road safety is why it has trialled this new technology.
The Backeye®360 Select system has a standard dual-view mode which shows a 360° bird’s-eye view and an individual camera view (option of right/left/rear side) of the vehicle. The set up was well-received. WRM Driver, Rebecca Levy said: “I really like the system and really notice the difference when I drive other vehicles now.”
Backeye®360 Select software has been updated with the option to provide a full screen 360° bird’s-eye view on a single image. Contact Brigade for the new software.
Rebecca said: “I personally prefer having the side view as the monitor displays an image of the whole of the left or right side when turning, improving visibility and peace of mind that the manoeuvre is safe.”
Brigade now offers two Backeye®360 systems providing customers with a greater choice in feature sets, price and suitability to individual vehicle type.