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FMCSA Allows Camera System to Replace Mirrors

by Charlotte Freed | Jan 04, 2019

Truck driver mirrors
Are rear-view mirrors becoming old news? New allowances may be pointing in that direction. Stoneridge Inc. has been given a five-year exemption by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) to install their in-monitoring system in trucks in place of traditional rear-view mirrors. Their “MirrorEye” technology uses integrated external digital cameras and digital monitors within the cab, expanding the field of view and providing full-color night vision and the ability to continuously track the end of the trailer.

The FMCSA anticipates that the MirrorEye system will “achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety” that mirrors currently provide. The association also believes the system may also decrease driver fatigue “by requiring less head movement by drivers compared to the number of head movement needed to use conventional mirrors.” Other companies utilizing similar systems cite additional benefits, such as higher fuel efficiency and improved aerodynamics.

Currently an aftermarket product, the FMCSA’s allowance may create the opportunity for MirrorEye and similar systems to be built into new trucks. Still, the CVSA questions whether the technology will provide a sustained safety benefit and potentially “undermine consistency and uniformity in compliance enforcement.” 

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  1. FeLicia l | Jan 08, 2019
    With all the technology we have I am totally perplexed as to why we dont have rear view cameras on trailers! We need them for tractor trailers more than we need them for cars. 
  2. Jorge Aviles | Jan 08, 2019
    Cameras can malfunction I prefer the mirrors , maybe cameras on back of the trailer that might work with backing up specially in tight places. 
  3. J murray | Jan 08, 2019

    turning your head to check mirrors helps keep you awake,  rember ( keep tour eyes moving, from the smith system? )

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