Device helps drivers see around corners

Device helps drivers see around corners

Alpine's Multi Camera technology is linked with a navigation database, offering the ability to see all aspects of the vehicle and its surroundings, eliminating dangerous blind spots when turning, parking or changing lanes.

A front-mounted camera shows the view to the left and right as well as straight ahead. The information is displayed on a screen in the cab.

Cameras on the side of vehicle eliminate blind spots, which is a particular problem for left-hand drive trucks in the UK.

The array of cameras can be combined to provide a real-time "top view" – giving the driver a view of the vehicle in its surroundings to enable him to park or manoeuvre safely.

The technology works by processing multiple camera views together with road information from a navigation database. Complex processing ensures the information is presented in real-time, even for larger vehicles such as articulated lorries or buses.

The first prototypes have been tested on cars, but Alpine believes the safety aspect is much more relevant for larger commercial vehicles.

Likely to be a factory fit, Alpine suggests that the technology could be on the road in less than three years.

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