Refuse vehicles and waste trucks are typically large and heavy, making them less manoeuvrable compared to regular passenger vehicles. Their size and weight can result in longer stopping distances and difficulty navigating through narrow residentials streets, crowded junctions, and pedestrian-heavy areas.
Due to the design of these vehicles, drivers have limited visibility around the truck, especially on the sides and rear. Workers, pedestrians and cyclists may inadvertently find themselves in blind spots, making them vulnerable to accidents and collisions when the driver is unaware of their presence.
While refuse collection is an essential service, operating garbage trucks and waste vehicles in urban areas can cause problems, such as:
To address these risks, it is vital for cities, towns, councils and waste management companies to implement safety measures. Fitting our advanced safety technology to waste and refuse trucks will support drivers with manoeuvring their vehicles safely and help them to avoid collisions with people and objects. Overall, our systems will enhance the safety of the communities in which waste and refuse vehicles operate by preventing injuries and deaths.
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Backeye®360 is an intelligent camera monitor system designed to assist low-speed manoeuvring by providing the driver with a complete surround view of the vehicle in real-time. Four ultra wide-angle cameras are mounted high on the front, rear and sides of a vehicle, with each camera covering one full side and giving a viewing angle of 180°. The four live images are simultaneously sent to an electronic control unit (ECU) where they are instantly processed, combined, blended, and stitched together to eliminate blind spots and provide real-time views.
Brigade’s MDR-600 series comprises robust mobile digital recording devices capable of capturing video from up to 12 analogue AHD and 1080P IP cameras, as well as recording other meta data such as location and speed. Offering 4G connectivity, the system can provide live or recorded video, as well as the vehicle’s location – all of which can be accessed remotely while the waste truck is out on the road.
Camera monitor systems are a vast improvement on the many mirrors needed to view waste and refuse vehicle blind spots, which can cause ‘information overload’ for drivers who need to check numerous mirrors. Our Backeye® monitors eliminate blind spots and allow multiple images from the waste management truck camera to be viewed on a single monitor with dedicated views triggered by, for example, reverse gear.
Obstacle detection using ultrasonic sensors can minimise both vehicle damage and collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. Perfect for road-going commercial vehicles operating in confined spaces or manoeuvring at low speed.
The detection system alerts the driver of obstacles close to the vehicle, whether moving or stationary.
Our AI product range includes object detectors and cameras, all designed to improve the safety of commercial vehicles. With our AI technology, drivers can detect objects around the vehicle, preventing collisions and crashes.
Learn more about our AI products, including the 360-degree detection system, the pedestrian warning system and more. With our AI technology, you can be assured of safe and secure travel.
Backsense® heavy-duty radar proximity sensor systems are designed to detect people and objects in blind spots, significantly reducing accidents. They detect stationary and moving objects, providing the driver with in-cab visual and audible warnings – alerting the operator whose attention cannot be focused on all danger areas. Backsense® obstacle detection sensors work effectively in harsh environments and in poor visibility including darkness, smoke and fog.
Backsense® Radar sensors are available in fixed detection range models and fully programmable models allowing bespoke detection areas and the ability to calibrate-out fixed objects or bodywork.
We’re leading the way in making the collection of waste and refuse safer for workers and members of the public. By choosing from our range of products, you will benefit from: