Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New Truck Sensor Alarm Aims to Cut Out Accidents to Vulnerable Road Users

Flexible System to Protect Those HGV Nearside Blind Spots
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UK – The proposed revisions to the Highway Code, giving vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians a higher priority, plus the incoming changes to lorry design and functionality, such as the Direct Vision Standard mandatory for trucks in London from1 March 2021, combine to make a perfect storm for HGV drivers.

Also then the perfect time the for vehicle safety systems specialist Brigade Electronics to launch a new product aimed, quite literally, at what is perceived as the greatest threat to that vulnerable group, the all too often blind spot, particularly on the nearside area of a truck when the driver is turning left.

The new indicator warning alarm to alert vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning, the bbs-TI, is installed on the nearside of the vehicle, and will synchronise an audible warning alarm with the indicator lights when activated, alerting vulnerable road users to a vehicle’s intention to turn.

The new system will harness Brigade’s existing White Sound® broadband technology, which will enable vulnerable road users to instantly locate which direction the sound is coming from. Gentler on the ear compared to traditional tonal alarms, White Sound® dissipates quickly and can only be heard in the danger zone, helping to reduce unnecessary noise disturbances.

For vehicles operating in multiple countries, White Sound® alarms have the additional benefit of being universally recognisable, meaning language barriers caused by traditional speaking alarms are eliminated. Other features include optional muting of the alarm for night time hours and the ability to activate the alarm below a designated speed only.

The bbs-TI can be installed on either side of a vehicle and it complies with regulations and legislations that require an ‘audible vehicle manoeuvring warning for vulnerable road users’ when a vehicle is turning, including London’s Direct Vision Standard. Emily Hardy, Marketing Manager of Brigade Electronics, observed:

“One of the leading causes of collisions between vehicles and other road users is when a vehicle is turning. Much has been developed to improve driver awareness of pedestrians and cyclists in the vehicle’s nearside blind spot, but this doesn’t always help vulnerable road users, especially if they are travelling at speed and go unnoticed by the driver.

The bbs-TI, which is compatible with Brigade’s side camera monitoring systems and sidescan ultrasonics, will help to protect vulnerable road users and make fleets even safer.”

A video of how the system operates can be seen HERE.