Vision Techniques

Why blind spots are an issue

There are many factors that contribute to accidents on Britain’s roads – blind spots being one of the biggest culprits, especially where cyclists, pedestrians, and other roads users are involved.

The facts

Blind spots typically become a problem when HGVs turn left into a road. Here, operators often struggle to see a cyclist, person, or vehicle sitting to their side or at the front diagonal position of the vehicle. In fact, more than 80% of collisions with cyclists happen at or within 20 metres of a junction, where vehicles turn.

However, it’s not just HGV operators that struggle with blind spots, they’re a problem with a majority of vehicles, with blind spots varying dependent on vehicle size.

In an analysis of 50,000 crashes by Accident Exchange, the majority of collisions were found to be a result of blind spot visibility. Drivers pull out, unaware that there is a car in their blind spot. In fact, the number of blind spot crashes rose by almost 50% between 2009-2011. What’s more, the Driving Standards Agency even banned the Mini Convertible from being used in tests, after examiners complained about poor rear visibility.

When a blind spot is the main cause of an accident, two-thirds of the accidents are fatal. As a result of this, there have been many changes to try and tackle the issue over the recent years. For example, a call for technological advancement in all lorries – fitting them with special rear-view mirrors, camera/monitor devices or other technologies that eliminate blind spots.

Increase visibility with technology

At Vision Techniques, we have a whole suite of tools designed to tackle blind spots. Our top-of-the-range products include:

VT Turnsafe includes a number of technologies that are crucial for preventing accidents with cyclists and pedestrians. TurnCamera allows you better visibility and reduces your blind spot through the use of a camera in your vehicle. Other products in the range increase your blind spot visibility in other ways. For example, TurnSensor picks up activity in your blind spot for you, detecting moving objects close to the side of your vehicle. In turn, the technology alerts you – the driver – audibly and visually, helping to prevent accidents.

VT Overview

For a better picture of the activity around your vehicle, you need VT Overview. The system, which includes four cameras, allows you to see more of what’s going on – enabling you to spot cyclists and pedestrians that may usually crop up unnoticed. Best of all, an alarm sounds to alert you of potential danger, allowing you to assess the situation and prevent a blind spot-related accident.

VT TurnAware

This technology is a must-have addition to HGV vehicles. The cyclist detection system helps drivers to detect other road users, such as cyclists, using a video analytics system. The driver will be alerted to any potential dangers and will be warned about any approaches that may be taking place in their blind spot.

For more information about any of the technologies mentioned today, please contact our team on 08454 856 562.

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