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Club news: ADAC supports blind-spot monitoring with cameras

Publication date: 08 September 2015

According to the German Automobile Association (ADAC), blind spots cannot be avoided completely. In spite of numerous mirrors there remains four blind-spots around heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The blind spot on a vehicle’s right-hand side is particularly dangerous. Installing additional mirrors is not the solution: drivers do not have enough time to look for the correct mirror. Moreover, too many mirrors might also obstruct the view of other important areas around the HGV.

For many years, the automobile industry has been working on technical solutions to support truck drivers in their turning manoeuvres. So far, no system has been efficient enough to be ready for sale. The German government is now committed to introducing mandatory turning assistance systems in HGVs that will, not only alert drivers, but also initiate automatic braking in emergencies.

ADAC believes that in the long term, camera/monitor systems will be particularly suitable to provide a better overview of the traffic scenario thus helping to improve road safety. For the driver, this would have the advantage of having to look at only one monitor to get an overview of the images from several cameras. Also, cameras are much smaller than mirrors and do not obstruct the view. An additional benefit: on a monitor, it will be possible to draw the driver’s attention to pedestrians and cyclists by highlighting them.

Until then, the vulnerable road users’ full attention will be required. When a HGV driver wants to turn a corner while abreast of cyclists or pedestrians, the latter have to be aware that many areas close to the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver.

More information on blind spots

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