Fontaine, LaneScan team up against driver blind spots

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Fifth-wheel manufacturer Fontaine International and LaneScan, an “intelligent mirror” technology company, have announced a working agreement they say will enhance safety and reduce accidents by virtually eliminating driver blind spots on the sides of trucks.

Lanescan’s AutoView technology uses sensors mounted to a Fontaine fifth wheel to rotate the right mirror automatically so that it continuously keeps the right rear corner of the trailer in the driver’s view — even on wide turns of 75 degrees or more — regardless of the trailer length. It also makes “blind side” backing maneuvers safer and easier by eliminating the driver’s blind spot, according to the company.

In addition, this advanced mirror technology is designed to assist drivers in heavy traffic. With the push of a button, the driver can scan the “blind spot” before merging, turning or changing lanes; when the button is released, the mirrors return to their normal preset position.

The fifth wheel-actuated AutoView is available exclusively on Fontaine fifth wheels. For more information on Fontaine International, go to www.fifthwheel.com. To learn more about LaneScan’s AutoView technology, go to www.lanescan.com.