Clarks to fit blind spot tech in wake of Road Safety Week

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 13:00
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Clarks Vehicle Conversions will fit blind spot detection technology to all of their drive-away welfare conversions as standard to help fleet operators protect vulnerable road users.

Clarks will fit a rear and side camera with a 120° view angle and night vision Rear view mirror with camera footage infra-red to help eliminate a significant blind spot which is often the cause of collisions with other road users.

The news comes on the back of last weeks Road Safety Week which highlighted how important it is to look out for vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists.

Brake – the charity behind the road safety themed week – are encouraging employers with staff who drive for work to make use of technology to minimise blind spots, which are a major cause of collisions between vans and cyclists.

But a survey by Brake and the Licence Bureau found that 8 in 10 companies don’t use blind spot sensors on their large commercial vehicles and 7 in 10 don’t use blind spot cameras.

Paul Clark, Managing Director at Clarks said: “It’s disappointing that more companies don’t use this technology which could save the lives of many vulnerable road users. More than half of Clarks’ staff cycle regularly so from a personal point of view it’s important that as a business we invest in educating drivers on being more cycle aware.”

Live footage from the cameras appears on a small screen on one half of the rear view mirror. The picture shows the side camera position unless the vehicle is in reverse.

The cameras are provided by Backwatch Safety Products – an associate of FORS which promotes cycle awareness among drivers in London and across the country.

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