SideEye™ Bus: Active Turn Assist System increases Blind-Spot Safety

Use SideEye from Stoneridge-Orlaco and prevent blind-spot accidents. This camera and radar detection system actively alerts the bus driver when cyclists, pedestrians or other road users are present in the blind spot of the bus. SideEye is therefore ideal for increasing the safety of vulnerable road users in urban environments.

To enhance the safety in the blind spot, camera and active detection systems are required in a growing number of countries. In the European Union, new bus types must have a blind spot system in compliance with the General Safety Regulation (UN Regulation No. 151) from 2022. New vehicles must have such a system from 2024. Germany is ahead of the curve, as turning assistance has been recommended since July 2020.

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Visual and Acoustic Warnings for Bus Drivers

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 bus's blind spot. SideEye uses a combination of radar and audio signals as well as camera images. This allows the bus driver to have always a good view of the blind spot next to the bus. Furthermore, a monitor overlay indicates that there is someone in the relevant detection zone. The monitor shows a standard overlay consisting of red marking lines or a warning triangle overlay.

Enhanced Safety and Peace of Mind

Every bus driver's biggest fear is accidentally hitting someone at a crowded bus stop or in a busy city center. SideEye significantly reduces the risk of an accident. Not only does it provide drivers with a view of the blind spot, it also uses radar detection so that drivers can be actively alerted when a vulnerable road user is present in the blind spot — giving them the peace of mind of knowing that they can maneuver their buses through the busy streets of a city more safely.

SideEye is even able to work effectively in adverse weather conditions. And because the system uses a combination of camera images and radar signals, drivers can rely on two different systems which provide the information they need. Having a view of the blind spot during day and night means that bus drivers can execute their job with confidence and can maneuver with ease in any traffic scenario. This way the safety of drivers and other road users in the blind spot of the bus is being increased.

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 buses are fitted with mirrors, 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 mirrors and offers an excellent view of the areas they cover and beyond with a single glance, increasing the safety of both drivers and cyclists.

Accurate Detection in a Fraction of a Second

In addition to a FAMOS camera, SideEye includes a Short Range radar unit. The Short Range radar unit is a small, robust, short-range radar sensor mounted on the side of a bus. The sensor transmits 24-GHz radar signals at low power and receives the radio signals reflected by the objects. The signals received allow the radar unit to detect people and objects and determine whether they are moving. The radar unit is designed to process these radar detections within 300 ms. This allows drivers to react immediately and thus accidents can be prevented.

Camera and Radar Detection System

SideEye consists of a FAMOS camera, Short Range radar unit, 7" monitor and the relevant cabling. Is your vehicle already equipped with a side view camera or Short Range radarunit? Please contact us for more information.

FAMOS camera
The SideEye system includes a FAMOS camera with a 118° lens that captures a broad image. The shock- and vibration-resistant camera is waterproof (IP67 & IP69K), has a heated lens glass and offers the best possible images in all weather conditions. The camera sits in a bracket specially designed by Stoneridge-Orlaco for ease of installation in the bus.

Short Range radar unit
SideEye uses a single Short Range radar unit. The unit is shock and vibration resistant. It is waterproof and has a detection range of 3 by 12 meters.

Cable set
The SideEye cables – specially developed by Stoneridge-Orlaco – are ADR-approved, fitted with molded waterproof connectors and are resistant to oil and gasoline. The set consists of a 4-pin multi cable and a radar cable with an adapter cable.

Interface Box with External Speaker
The powerful speaker makes it possible to hear the acoustic detection signal in the cab of the vehicle.

The RLED / LEDD monitor is a heavy-duty monitor for trucks, and is easily fitted to a dashboard with two open DIN slots. The monitor is shock and vibration resistant and automatically adjusts the brightness of the image depending on the ambient light conditions. The monitor can also show radar signals via an overlay.

Integrate SideEye into Existing Systems

Some buses 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.

More information

Enhance safety with a camera monitor system from Stoneridge-Orlaco. Contact us for more information about the active turn assist system SideEye or Request a quote. Check our Dealer Locator to find a dealer in your area.

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