Company asks FMCSA to allow camera systems to replace mirrors

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Stoneridge has requested an exemption to allow carriers to use its MirrorEye Camera Monitor System instead of conventional mirrors on trucks.Stoneridge has requested an exemption to allow carriers to use its MirrorEye Camera Monitor System instead of conventional mirrors on trucks.

Trucking tech supplier Stoneridge has filed an exemption request with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would allow carriers to use the company’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System instead of the two rear-vision side mirrors.

Federal regulations require trucks to be equipped with two rear-vision mirrors, one on each side. Stoneridge’s MirrorEye system is a group of cameras mounted on the side of trucks that gives the driver a high-definition view on an in-cab monitor. These monitors are mounted on each A-pillar of the cab between the windshield and door.

Stoneridge says mounting the monitors on the A-pillars avoids creating blind spots, while also eliminating blind spots created by conventional mirrors. The company adds that its camera system meets or exceeds visibility requirements in the federal regulations based on several factors:

  • Greater field of view than conventional mirrors with wide angle, narrow angle and look-down cameras expanding the field of view by approximately 25 percent
  • Fail-safe design in which the system has independent video processing of multiple camera images, so in the event that one camera fails, the other camera images continue to be displayed
  • Enhanced vision quality with the use of HD digital cameras providing color night vision, low light sensitivity and more
  • Trailer panning, which automatically tracks the end of the trailer to keep it in view and more

FMCSA is seeking public comment on the exemption request, which can be made here through May 7.