Monday, November 26, 2018

Road Haulage Interests Must Ensure Better Vision from Truck Cabs as Logistics Evolves

Domestic Deliveries of Freight Require All Steps to Be Taken as 360 Degree Cameras Become Available
Shipping News Feature
UK – US – WORLDWIDE – As the argument rages over better visibility for the drivers of trucks, particularly those engaged in urban deliveries, a major point of contention is the viability of camera systems as against direct vision via improved cab design. The biggest shift in logistics in recent times has been the huge growth in mail order items, 65 billion parcels were delivered to homes worldwide in 2016 in a trade throughout the western world which now sees clothing and footwear accounting for the largest online volume of sales, whilst the rise in online food delivery has generated more than $82 million this year alone.

One of the main arguments against the use of cameras in freight delivery cabs is that the driver has to view multiple screens at a time to ensure he can see properly around the vehicle. Set against this direct vision will always leave blind spots around the vehicle no matter how large and numerous the panels employed.

Brigade Electronics, founded in 1976 by Chris Hanson-Abbott OBE and headquartered in Kent with offices in the US and elsewhere, produce what the company believes is a solution, an all seeing camera system Backeye®360 which provides the driver with a complete 360 degrees view of the vehicle in a single image. The system combines images from ultra-wide angle cameras, resulting in a ‘bird’s-eye-view’ of the vehicle and surrounding area. This is hugely advantageous when manoeuvring, especially in urban areas, to reduce the risk of collisions with people and objects.

Coupled with reversing sensors and alarms, Brigade produces a high-spec multi-frequency ‘White Sound®’ broadband alarm called bbs-tek® which emits a ‘ssh-ssh’ sound which it claims is effective whilst being easier on the ears, the driver can ensure that the fatal rear blind spot is as safe as it can be. Even objects on the ground can be seen using the camera system.

The proliferation of vehicles required to cover the vast increase in domestic deliveries put businesses, as well as pedestrians, cyclists and other road users at increased risk. With millions of vans, light and heavy goods vehicles on the roads, and many drivers under pressure to deliver within specified time slots, the potential for accidents has never been higher. It is now essential for any road haulage operator to ensure all steps are taken to protect both the public, and their livelihood, whether or not the rules for better vision are mandatory or otherwise.