ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A new company in B.C. has launched an on-board camera system for commercial trucks which can be used to show blind spots or help drivers maneuver in tight quarters.
The system has been three years in the making and was created by Twenty20 Corporation.
One of its founders, Jason Green, introduced the new product at Truxpo Oct. 1-3.
Green says the system is fully customizable for every application. One trucker may want the small camera mounted on the side of his truck to reveal a blind spot for instance.
A four- or seven-inch monitor mounted in the cab displays the area the camera is focused on so he can check his blind spot before changing lanes.
Another operator could mount the camera on the rear of the trailer, pointed down at the bumper making it easier to back up.
“You can get a really good bumper line that way or you can put the camera down below and get the freeway perspective,” said Green.
The mini-camera can take in as much as three lanes of traffic.
Also, the monitor can have multiple camera inputs allowing a driver to mount several of the cameras on the outside of his rig.
Twenty20 can also set the monitor up so it automatically scans between the different views.
For example, the monitor can be programmed to automatically display the rear camera feed when the truck is put in reverse. It can then switch back to reveal blind spots when the driver shifts back into a forward gear.
The system is durable as well, Green said.
“The system is made to be in a commercial environment,” he pointed out, adding the connectors are completely dust- and waterproof.
The components are also resistant to acids that are used to wash certain types of trucks so the system can be used in virtually any application.
Green says the main driver of the technology is safety and so far the industry has been receptive.
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