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Smart Mirrors Help Van Drivers Spot Pedestrians

Smart Mirrors Help Van Drivers Spot Pedestrians
01 April 2021
 

Ford has introduced a smart mirror for its vans, that helps drivers clearly see cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles behind.

This new system looks exactly like a regular rearview mirror – but is actually a high-definition screen that clearly displays a panoramic view behind the van. This helps drivers to spot cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles that may be behind them, even when windowless rear doors or partitions are in the way.

Ford’s new smart mirror could be particularly beneficial for delivery drivers making frequent drop-offs in cities, where they are more likely to encounter those on bikes, e-scooters or on foot; vulnerable road users accounted for 70 per cent of road accident fatalities in Europe’s urban areas in 2019. 

 

Suitable for Windowless Rear Doors

 

The mirror is now available for Ford Transit and Transit Custom vans fitted with windowless rear doors. Any Ford dealer can order and fit the system, which is compatible with Transit vans built from 2014 and Transit Custom models built from 2012.

Full Display Interior Mirror shows a live feed from a camera on the rear of the van and features automatic brightness control for optimum visibility in daylight and at night. The system offers a field of view that is twice the width of a conventional rear-view mirror. This helps drivers to be more aware of their surroundings, for example, when approaching roundabouts, changing lanes or checking before merging or turning into side streets.

Ford’s new mirror could benefit businesses by reducing the need for costly accident damage repairs, as well as potentially contributing to lower insurance premiums. Fitting the system may also improve uptime – the time when commercial vehicles are working on the road. Ford last week announced FORDLiive – a new connected uptime system designed to help maximise vehicle uptime.

Owen Gregory, Director, Commercial Vehicle Aftersales, Ford of Europe commented: “Providing our drivers with maximum visibility – especially in urban areas where there is so much to look out for – increases their confidence and is a key part of making journeys safer for them, and for other road users as well.”

Picture: a photograph of one of For's smart mirrors

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 01 April 2021

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