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Sainsbury’s reveals cyclist-friendly urban delivery vehicle

  • 30 July 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Sainsbury’s revealed a lorry featuring a raft of safety features aimed at minimising collisions with cyclists at yesterday’s  Transport for London’s Safer Lorries Scheme consultation launch.

The vehicle – developed in collaboration with temperature-controlled specialist Solomon and manufacturer Mercedes-Benz – features 360 degree proximity monitors, extra side lighting and low side-guards.

Sainsbury’s retail operations director Roger Burnley said: ‘This is an important step in our work to make London’s roads safer. We’ve put an enormous amount of thought and research into creating a truck that we hope will be the safest on the road – for all road users.”

Safety features include: Brigade 360 degree cameras feeding to a display in the cab providing maximum visibility around the whole vehicle; ultrasonic front and rear proximity sensors; a Sentinel reverse system to alert the driver to cyclists, pedestrians and other objects;  side guard extensions and reflective infills; LED burst lights – positioned along each sides of vehicle to illuminate the surroundings in low light conditions; additional  indicators; and Sainsbury’s new tail-lift platform, which features straps to reduce the risk of the driver or load falling off.

The new truck is fitted with a Solomon Kamm Tail to improve airflow over the trailing edge of the vehicle, in concert with a Slipstream aerodynamic package. A Carrier Supra 950mt undermount refrigeration unit is claimed to boost efficiency by reducing the overall height of the vehicle too, as well as eliminating the need for engineers to work off the cab roof.

Vehicle journeys are expected to be slashed also as the body has three temperature flexible compartments, allowing Sainsbury’s to deliver and collect multiple multi-temperature return loads. Quieter deliveries should be possible through the use of a low-noise interior floor.

At the Safer Lorries Scheme consultation launch, London mayor Boris Johnson praised the efforts of Sainsbury’s and Motor Transport 2014 Training Award winner O’Donovan Waste Disposal, which has invested heavily in driver training and equipment.

“Companies such as Sainsbury’s and O’Donovan are already leading the way when it comes to cyclist safety and I urge others to follow suit,” said Johnson.

  • CM’s sister title Motor Transport is holding a Quiet Cities summit at Twickenham Stadium in November covering urban deliveries.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/sainsbury-s-designs-cycle-friendly-urban-delivery-vehicle