In a move to attempt to reduce cyclist casualties in London, Transport for London (TfL) has approved a detection system which warns a HGV driver if there is a cyclist, pedestrian or other vehicle in a blind spot.
Of the 16 cyclist fatalities in London during 2011, nine involved a HGV.
To help combat this, TFL has approved the use of the ‘Blindspot Detection System’, produced by Bridgend-based company Backwatch, for its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
The Blindspot Detection System comprises three ultra-sonic proximity sensors located over the nearside front wheel arch, plus side and rear camera with an optional turn alarm.
Steve Steele, TfL’s freight and fleet programme manager, said: “We have implemented initiatives to ensure all businesses working for, and on behalf of TfL, take measures to improve the safety of their vehicles and we’re pleased to be working with providers such as Backwatch to enable this.”
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