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HGV Blind spot safety technology trial launched by Transport for London

  • 24 April 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Blindspot safety technology for HGVs is to be extensively tested by the Transport Research Laboratory as part of Transport for London’s (TfL) drive to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on the capital’s roads by 40% by 2020.

The project will evaluate the effectiveness of the full range of blindspot safety technology in spotting pedestrians and cyclists, which includes camera monitoring systems, optical and radar detection systems fitted to HGVs.

Research findings will be used to create detailed performance criteria, such as the distance objects can be detected, how easily the equipment detects vulnerable road users, and how reliable the equipment is, to allow for independent testing and evaluation of products on the market today.

TfL said hauliers will be able to use the new standard testing criteria to make a more informed choice about the best types of safety equipment to invest in for their fleets, while encouraging further innovation from product developers.

Once complete, research will be available to download from TfL’s website.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “Improving the safety of all road users is vitally important and, with technology moving so quickly, it is important that companies know that any safety equipment they invest in not only offers value for money, but does what it says on the tin.”


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