Vulnerable-road-user detection a key focus from exhibitors at Freight in the City Expo

With cyclist numbers on the rise in the UK’s towns and cities, it has never been more essential to assist commercial vehicle drivers and ensure they are able to detect vulnerable road users in close proximity of their vehicle.

Freight in the City Expo at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27 October will bring together a number of leading cyclist-detection specialists to showcase the latest technology on the market for urban fleets.

Amber Valley will be focusing on blind-spot elimination with its Indicator Alarmalight, an audible and visual warning system. Triggered by the indicator, it warns the pedestrian or cyclist of the potential dangers.

The system mutes itself if the hazard lights are in operation to avoid confusion, as well as dropping to half volume during out-of-hours deliveries to avoid disturbing residents in built-up areas.

A speed module is also available, which switches the unit off over a pre-determined speed.

Backwatch Safety Products offers a comprehensive range of commercial vehicle safety technology, including bespoke blind-spot-detection systems and multi-camera digital video recording.

Working with customers, the company helps to select the most appropriate technology to meet compliance requirements and gain maximum benefit from the systems they choose.

A Backwatch spokesman said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at Freight in the City, having worked closely in partnership with Fors, TfL and Crossrail since inception. Backwatch Safety Products is passionate about championing initiatives that can improve safety on our roads.”

Brigade Electronics will be exhibiting its range of vehicle safety systems including: camera-monitors, white-sound reversing alarms, ultrasonic and radar sensors, and mobile digital recording.

The company has a network of business service partners that provide high levels of service and support nationwide.

Brigade will be showing Backeye360 – an intelligent camera-monitor system designed to assist low-speed manoeuvring. Backeye360 provides the driver with a real-time surround view of the vehicle in a single image, eliminating blind spots.

Also on show will be Brigade’s white-sound reversing alarms. Bbs-tek is approved by the Noise Abatement Society for quiet night-time deliveries because it works effectively at lower decibel ratings and does not cause a noise nuisance. Bbs-tek only sounds in the danger area, so you only hear it where it matters.

Safeguarding fleets across many industries, Exeros Technologies specialises in the design and installation of specialist multi-camera systems and vehicle safety equipment to help eliminate blind spots for drivers.

The company said it fully supports cycle safety initiatives and awareness, as well as the recent launch of Safer Lorry Scheme, and its systems ensure vehicle safety compliance for Clocs, Fors and Crossrail.

On show at Freight in the City will be the Exeros advanced cyclist-detection camera, as well as the company’s turning and reversing alarms, which can be programmed for night-time mode to reduce noise pollution when vehicles are working unsociable hours.

Trailer Vision supplies 360º ‘look-down’ camera systems as well as simple-wired or digital-wireless, single-camera reversing systems.

The company said its products are designed for all applications, from the commercial vehicle sector through to on-board and reversing cameras for agricultural equipment, horseboxes, caravans and motorhomes.

Installation and support for either a single system or an entire fleet can be arranged at a time and location of your choice, including at your local dealership.

Vehicle & Machinery Safety and Security Group is a subsidiary company of Fuel Defend Global specialising in vehicle safety products to protect vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians.

It will be displaying a new 360º camera system as well as its SideSafe unit to warn of left-turning vehicles and a wide range of other urban-centric safety vehicle products.

Vision Techniques will be bringing its brand-new video analytics cyclist-detection system, VT TurnAware, to Freight in the City Expo.

Developed with Fors, Clocs and Crossrail in mind, this detection system can detect movement from the blind-spot-mounted camera and determine the direction a hazard is moving, meaning any approaching cyclist will be detected while any other objects are ignored – preventing any false alarming.

The cyclist safety product will be live on the stand alongside a 360º virtual reality experience of what it’s like to be a cyclist and a driver driving with the detection system.

It will also be demonstrating its audible and visual warning system, VT TurnAlarm, and an illuminated warning system, VT TurnSign.

  • Freight in the City Expo takes place at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27 October. More than 600 visitors with a vested interest in smarter urban freight deliveries have already registered to attend this one-day free-of-charge event. The day comprises a full seminar programme focusing on making freight deliveries cleaner, safer, quieter and more efficient, combined with an exhibition of the latest urban logistics vehicles and equipment. Book your free place today!