VisionTrack provides video telematics expertise to UK’s HGV platooning trial

VisionTrack is providing advanced video telematics technology for a fleet of commercial vehicles being used as part of truck platooning trials taking place within the UK.

The company has joined a consortium of partners, led by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), that is conducting the tests on behalf of Highways England and the Department for Transport.

“We are delighted that our video
telematics technology is playing an important role in these trials,” explains
Simon Marsh, Managing Director of VisionTrack.
“We are supporting the consortium to implement a connected vehicle camera
solution that will help establish whether platooning can be allowed to take
place on UK roads safely.” 

A five-camera solution, using a connected digital video
recorder (DVR)
, has been installed to provide complete visibility of the
tractor units and trailers as they go through the various phases of testing.
Front, rear and driver facing cameras, along with side cameras, will capture
video and supporting data regarding what is going on in and around the
vehicles, especially interactions with other road users. In combination with
the use of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) technology, the solution
will also assess the impact on the workload of the driver while platooning
compared to normal operating conditions.

Camilla Fowler, Head of Risk
Management at TRL commented: “We have brought together a consortium of partners
that delivers a powerful combination of vehicle system innovation, operational
experience, robust trial design, coupled with a proven understanding of road
safety issues. VisionTrack is a leading video telematics specialist that is
providing the trial with a vehicle camera and monitoring solution. This will
enable us to record and measure activity that may be classified as a risk,
which will help us understand and quantify the road safety issues of
platooning.”

Truck platooning is the process of
synchronising control, using connected technology, so a number of HGVs can
travel in close formation with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead
vehicle. The drivers remain in control of lateral vehicle movement at all
times, keeping their hands on the wheel. These trials aim to quantify the
potential fuel efficiency benefit associated with the slipstreaming effect
which occurs when the distance between commercial vehicles is fixed.

Source: Courier News

VisionTrack provides video telematics expertise to UK’s HGV platooning trial

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