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Watch Out!  and Around

To reduce the potential for unpleasant events, three areas were optimized to give as much feedback to the driver as possible.  Though we're not allowed to use the "T" word, driving a truck is different from driving a passenger car.

The main difference, especially for operations like parking, is the separation of the driver from direct visual inputs.  Everything is removed from direct perception.  You can't look out the back, you can't see much on the sides, so what do you do?


Mirrors are the first step, though traditional, and relatively low tech, upgrading from the default commercial truck mirrors improves vision, particularly for driving operations on the road and in traffic.  Velvac appears to be a leading manufacturer of mirrors for non-passenger vehicles.  Follow the link below for details on mirror selection.


Cameras were added to improve vision.  The cameras chosen were designed for the RV market.  We integrated them with a computer-based video system rather than the basic TV monitor.  The system has three cameras one for rear vision, and one on each side to complement the side-view mirrors.  The cameras also serve as a security system.  Details on the camera/video system are available from the link below.

Ultrasonic Sensors

Proximity, or collision avoidance, detectors are available on some factory autos and as an aftermarket option.  Typically installed in the rear bumper and connected to an audio alarm that indicates the presence and distance to obstructions by beeping, our vehicle has a typical installation in the rear bumper area.  A second system is installed at the front and rear roof line to reduce the likelihood of damage from an overhead obstruction.

Up Mirrors Avoidance