Visual and Acoustic Warnings
SideEye is a certified Kraftfahrt bundesamt (KBA) turn assist system. The system actively provides visual and audible alerts for drivers as soon as other road users (such as pedestrians and cyclists) are detected in the truck's blind spot.
And because SideEye uses a combination of radar signals, audio signals and camera images, you will always have a good view of the blind spot in the area surrounding your truck. Furthermore, a monitor overlay indicates that there is someone in the blind spot.
The monitor has two different overlays. The default overlay consists of red marking lines. The driver can also choose for an overlay with a warning triangle.
One in Two People Don't Know Where the Blind Spot Is
Research has shown that most accidents occur at the front right-hand side of the cab. Although trucks are fitted with a front mirror and a close-proximity mirror, which cover the area in front of and to the right of the cab respectively, there are still blind spots in this area. With SideEye, these blind spots are easily brought back into view. This unique camera and radar detection system replaces the front mirror and close-proximity mirror and offers an excellent view of the areas they cover and beyond with a single glance, increasing the safety of both drivers and cyclists.
Blind Spot Detection Mandatory from 2022
From May 2022, any new vehicle sold in the European Union will have to be equipped with certain mandatory safety features to protect occupants, pedestrians and cyclists. Among the requirements are blind spot systems for trucks. For newly registered truck combinations, the turn assist system is mandatory in Germany from July 2020.The aim is that advanced safety features will reduce the number of accidents and casualties. The SideEye system meets the requirements of these new regulations.
The European Commission anticipates that advanced systems such as SideEye will help save more than 25,000 lives and prevent at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. This will help the EU to achieve its long-term goal of reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries to close to zero by 2050.
Integrate SideEye into Existing Systems
Some trucks are already equipped with an HMI display. These systems are suitable for extension with SideEye. The SRD interface box integrates radar alerts directly into the image on the existing monitor via visual overlays and acoustic signals. This process can be carried out using either an existing Stoneridge-Orlaco camera system or an own HMI display. Adding detection overlays to the video images makes it possible for drivers to work more safely, reliably and efficiently.