LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has adapted night-vision technology developed for special forces for the needs of truck drivers.
It has been two years in the making, but the XVision infrared nighttime vision technology is the first and only visual collision avoidance system for commercial vehicles.
“XVision provides increased visibility and reaction time. That’s a fact,” says Bendix’s director of new ventures, Andreea Raaber.
“It gives an understanding of what is looming out there in the darkness.”
The unit has a camera mounted on the outside of the cab and a viewing screen in the place of the review mirror. Raaker says the suggested price for the unit is around US$4,000.
Bendix is currently working with insurance companies as well as OEM’s to have the units factory installed.
One third of the 200 already sold have made their way to Canada while the rest are in the US.
The product has been available since December and Bendix has already sold over 200 systems to Canadian and U.S. fleets. About a third of the units are on Canadian rigs, Bendix says.
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