Velvac Releases 1st Smart Dual Blind Spot Detection System
Monday, March 26, 2018
Hyperion is the ambulance industry’s first smart, camera-based dual object detection system, combining both lane change assistance and blind spot detection utilizing integrated higher resolution cameras within the Velvac mirrors. Hyperion’s intelligent detection technology monitors and alerts drivers via a visual blind spot icon located in the mirror glass. Hyperion will also provide ambulance drivers an additional visual image in the monitor displaying the adjacent lane, eliminating the blind spot.
Unlike traditional radar systems, Hyperion’s computer vision algorithms detect and identify vehicles based on their sizes and shapes, providing a highly accurate method of blind spot detection. The software has undergone thousands of hours of training to identify objects in various environmental conditions. Hyperion’s algorithm follows a specific set of instructions based on certain situational conditions, that when met, trigger the icon to flash. In addition to continual monitoring of the vehicle’s blind spot, Hyperion also provides drivers with additional awareness during lane changes. When the vehicle’s turn signal is engaged, the mirror’s icon flashes to indicate the presence of an existing or approaching vehicle. This provides ambulance drivers with additional peace of mind when changing lanes and could help to reduce preventable accidents by increasing driver awareness.According to FARS*, 72% of ambulances exceed the posted speed or are out of the proper lane compromising safety of the occupants or other road users. Side swipe collisions account for 56% of ambulance accidents*.Hyperion has the ability to decrease the number of accidents simply by providing drivers a warning during or prior to lane departures.* Fatality Analysis Reporting System* “Characteristics of Fatal Ambulance Crashes in the U.S.” -Pre-Hospital Emergency Care###
Velvac is a leading manufacturer and supplier of vision systems and component parts to the RV, truck, bus and specialty vehicle industries since its inception in 1934. Velvac is the parent company of Road-iQ, Inc. of Bellingham, WA, and maker of the Road-iQ Video Data Server unit. Velvac is an automotive tier 1 supplier to prestigious companies such as Ford and GM with corporate offices and aftermarket operations located in New Berlin, WI. www.velvac.com
Contact: Robert Evans