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Avoiding a collision course

This autumn will see a surge in demand for vehicle safety devices outside of London, according to Brigade Electronics.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) requires the fitment of devices for indirect vision if the driver is operating in Greater London but changes to the Highway Code and driver shortages will see that trend continue nationwide.


New rules added to the Highway Code will come into effect in November 2021 that will change the hierarchy of road users. This means those who are most likely to be seriously harmed, ie pedestrians and cyclists have been given greater priority over other road users. Lorry drivers are ranked at the lowest level, meaning they will have the greatest responsibility towards all other road users and are more likely to burden the blame in the event of an incident.

In light of this, drivers must not cut across cyclists going straight ahead, turning into a junction, changing direction or changing lane. The emphasis on safety specifications that require the fitment of cameras, sensors, audible alerts and digital recording such as: DVS, FORS, Van Excellence, CLOCS, DVSA earned recognition and ISO 39001 have never been so important.


Driver shortages are also causing an increased demand for the latest vehicle safety equipment according to Emily Hardy, Road Safety Expert at Brigade Electronics: “Driver shortages have created stark competition to attract good talent. High wages and attractive packages are on offer but what else do drivers want? The latest equipment to eliminate blind spots and provide peace of mind so they can manoeuvre safely and with confidence is high on the agenda. Digital recording systems can also provide protection or act as a witness in the event of an incident.”

The Direct Vision Standard, which has been in force since 1 March 2021, will be reviewed next year and changes will come into force in 2024. Transport for London will be looking at technological advances readily available in the market.


Brigade’s Sidescan®Predict is the next generation of side-detection sensor system, designed for collision avoidance between road vehicles, objects and vulnerable road users.

Utilising ultrasonic technology, this intelligent system predicts if a collision is likely to occur. By analysing data such as speed, direction and acceleration of both the vehicle and detected object, and differentiating between static and moving objects, the Sidescan®Predict algorithm assesses the risk and calculates the likelihood of an impact.

Sidescan®Predict instantly alerts the driver to potential dangers via a multi-stage in-cab visual and audible warning system, according to the urgency of the situation – thus minimising the number of audible alerts and reducing false alarms. The system works regardless of indicator selection and is activated at all times below 20mph, even if the vehicle is going in a straight line.


Published On: 23/09/2021 16:00:42


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