This video shows something that ought to be filed under, “Sure, it can be done, but should it?” We suppose the same could be said about the guy driving the pickup and shooting video of the truck and trailer in question.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently approved a company’s request to allow the use of its camera system as an alternative to the two rearview mirrors now required on commercial vehicles.
The agency approved a five-year exemption of its regulation to Stoneridge Inc., the maker of the MirrorEye Camera Monitoring System. In a statement approving the exemption, the FMCSA said the system “would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation.”
In its approval the FMCSA wrote:
Use of the MirrorEye CMS provides CMV drivers with an enhanced field of view when compared to the required rear-vision mirrors because:
(1) it eliminates the blind spots on both sides of the vehicle created by the required rear-vision mirrors
(2) the multi-camera system expands the field of view compared to the required rear-vision mirrors by an estimated 25 percent
(3) the trailer panning feature automatically tracks the end of the trailer to keep it in view in forward motion
Additionally, the MirrorEye CMS uses high definition cameras and monitors that include features such as color night vision, low light sensitivity, and light and glare reduction that together help provide drivers with improved vision in the field of view when compared to traditional rear-vision mirrors. The MirrorEye CMS includes features such as self-cleaning lenses/cameras to eliminate problems with rain and dirt, a feature that is not required for traditional rear-vision mirrors, and an advanced defrosting system for winter driving.
This video by Stoneridge demonstrates the camera system’s use.What are your thoughts? Ass them to the comments below. I will be doing a podcast on this as I gather more information.
As I update the new server it seems that all of the old information is lost. All of the backups are corrupted and most of the images are gone. Such is life when you back things up to “The Cloud”. All I can say on that is Lesson Learned! I will keep additional backups the way I used to and do that locally.
Anyways, I will be getting things back into shape here shortly. New content will start to roll out and things will get back on schedule. Until then you can listen back to Episode one since I had that backed up on a flash drive back in 2014.