Vision Techniques demonstrating ultrasonic beating cyclist detection at RWM

Vision Techniques demonstrating ultrasonic beating cyclist detection at RWM

Vehicle safety experts Vision Techniques will be demonstrating new technology to the waste industry at RWM this year that makes ultrasonic sensors ‘obsolete’.

The growth in cyclists in city centres has led to raised awareness and a requirement to provide improved cyclist safety across all large road vehicles. Government schemes such as FORS and CLOCS have started to request different levels of technology on vehicles as standard.

Currently, vehicles are often expected to have audible and visual alarms to alert cyclists when a vehicle turns left and in some cases such as Crossrail, ultrasonic sensors are expected to detect hazards approaching the vehicle.

Ultrasonic sensors are based on the same reversing technology often found in cars, adapted and mounted onto the side of a truck or lorry to detect a cyclist as they pass. Unfortunately these sensors also detect road furniture, passing pedestrians and other cars, leaving the driver with a constant ‘false alarm’ from the cab panel.

This month Vision Techniques officially launched ‘VT TurnAware’, a blind spot mounted camera that covers the left or right side of a vehicle where cyclists often approach. The system uses video analytics to process movement and alert the driver of their presence.

The advantage of the new system is that the hardware is able to recognise if a cyclist is moving forward or away from the vehicle and can therefore ignore other objects, like road furniture – preventing any false alarming.

The hardware uses a processing unit that is separate to the camera which allows for compatibility with other cameras, monitors and even recording devices, helping to provide liability against accident or incident.

“We’re very excited to be the only safety provider within the municipal industry to introduce video analytic technology to detect cyclists and prevent left turning accidents on UK roads. We hope this new system will be soon recognised by FORS and CLOCS as a viable replacement to ultrasonic sensors.” Technical manager Nigel Armstrong explained.

The first wave of TurnAware systems are being trialled on industry leading businesses and councils across the UK to prove their accuracy and help to eliminate the inefficiencies of the current ultrasonic technology.

The system will be demonstrated at RWM using the latest virtual reality application along with cyclist and driver go-pro footage which will let visitors experience what it’s like to be on the road using the brand new detection system.

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