21st Century has become the exclusive UK distributor for the SmartVision Camera Monitoring System for coach and bus applications which uses high-definition digital cameras and monitors to replace traditional wing mirrors. The system is designed to improve visibility, reduce the risk of accidents and lower lifetime running costs.
The system involves a rugged enclosure which contains two HD cameras showing a Class II (standard) and Class IV (wide angle) view on driver screens mounted internally within the cab area.
By using digital cameras in place of mirrors, 21st Centrury says that the CMS not only removes the lateral blind spots but also automatically adjusts to reduce glare and improve visibility at night and in wet conditions. The cameras also re-focus to adapt to rain drops or dirt on the lenses and an optional camera heater keeps them clear of ice or fogging.
Because the cameras are much smaller than traditional wing mirrors, the CMS should reduce drag and potentially improves fuel efficiency as well, argues 21st Century.
“The SmartVision CMS is an important step towards TfL’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injury involving buses,” says Russ Singleton, 21st Century chief executive officer.