"The Future of Vision Safety” revealed to bus market at APTA Show

Sunday, October 12, 2014

On average, bus drivers perform one evasive maneuver to avoid a side collision every three days1. Primarily, bus accidents occur during lane changes, because bus drivers have a huge blind spot with conventional mirrors (see ill. A). Velvac, the leader in safety vision systems, is introducing three new products specifically intent on preventing these accidents from occurring: the 2020XG Shuttle Bus Camera-in-Mirror, the 2030XL Transit Bus Camera-in-Mirror and the “Hyperion Guardian” Road-iQ telematics system.

“Our two mirrors with integrated cameras — the 2020XG and the 2030XL — along with the preview of our Hyperion telematics system, will reduce accidents and lower transportation costs. The transit industry is already spending millions on accident repairs, not to mention the injuries and lives lost due to thousands of lane change accidents,” commented Velvac Director of Sales, Paul Hughes, “Our products significantly reduce blind spots. We’re really excited to showcase these new technologies at APTA.”

The 2014 APTA Expo (American Public Transportation Association) begins October 13-15 in Houston, TX — and is held every three years as the industries’ premier showcase of technology, products and services.  Velvac is showing at APTA for the very first time and hopes to make a splash with these new product offerings (Booth #2407).

“Our mission is to improve driver safety and well being by offering superior products that do just that.” said Velvac CEO Jeff Porter, “We have solutions that our public transportation drivers are truly in need of… the future of vision safety is something we work on every single day.”

A 2010 Industry report2 showed that camera-based mirror systems “have great potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the blind zone of mirrors, thus reducing transit bus side crashes.”  Further, “a regular-angle lens (no distorted image) can reduce 64% of the blind zones of a (conventional) flat mirror system.”  These integrated camera systems, as noted in the 2012 NCTR report3 that, “drivers had a 98% correct identification of the location of the object vs. 78% with mirrors only. Also, surprisingly, drivers were faster in identifying the objects using the camera system.”