DAF Trucks and Intelligent Telematics to trial vehicle camera technology as part of London road safety initiative

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Intelligent Telematics has teamed up with DAF Trucks to trial the benefits of vehicle cameras as part of a road safety initiative that will take place in London over the next 12 months. A DAF LF 16-tonne skip loader has been fitted with the latest safety devices and features, including an innovative 3G forward-facing and multi-camera solution, to demonstrate how vehicle operators in the capital can reduce traffic collisions and protect other road users.

The skip loader will be one of two vehicles displayed by DAF Trucks at Transport for London's CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) Progress Event, taking place at Excel this week. Attendees at the conference will be able to take a close look at the vehicles and see how improved design and specifications can improve health and safety, ultimately saving lives. Following the event, the skip loader will spend the next year being operated in London by O'Donovan Waste Disposal. This is expected to provide insight into the effectiveness of the various safety features and a better understanding of the challenges faced by vehicle operators.

The Intelligent Telematics solution includes the IT1000, the most sophisticated and powerful 3G vehicle camera currently available in the marketplace. The forward-facing camera transmits footage of accidents, near misses and harsh driving via a secure 3G private network to a web-based interface with live email and SMS alerts, so a triggered event can be viewed almost immediately.

The IT1000 forms part of an advanced multi-camera solution that also comprises near side, off side and reverse devices, along with an in-cab monitor and digital video recorder (DVR). The in-cab monitor shows a live view to the driver from the respective camera when either the left or right indicator is flicked-on, reverse gear engaged or the vehicle speed falls below 5mph for the near side camera view to show. In addition, a side detection system using ultrasonic sensors provides warning not only for the driver to adjust their manoeuvre but also to make any adjacent cyclists or pedestrians aware of a turning vehicle.

Philip Moon, Marketing Manager at DAF Trucks commented: "We are working with our customers and industry partners to showcase and raise awareness of the latest vehicle technology. By demonstrating the potential capabilities of available devices and design features, we can encourage adoption and help promote road safety amongst commercial fleet operators."

Daren Terry, National Account Manager at Intelligent Telematics said: "Our recent research found that 3G vehicle camera technology achieved a reduction in accident frequency of 45 per cent, while 65 per cent of the recorded incidents were in fact avoidable. This clearly demonstrates the role technology can play in improving commercial vehicle safety levels, so we are committed to working with leading organisation such as DAF Trucks to help highlight the benefits it can achieve."

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