PRECO releases upgrade to its blind spot platform

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PRECO Electronics introduced its new blind spot monitoring platform at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Wednesday.

The PreView Side Defender II actively monitors and detects what the company calls moving “vulnerable road users” (VRU) while ignoring stationary objects, which PRECO Vice President of Business Development Tom Loutzenheiser says results in safer driving for truck and bus operators in crowded, low-speed urban settings.

Through the system’s two intelligent operating modes, Side Defender II provides urban VRU and on-road lane change blind spot protection. The new PreView v2 in-cab display – part of the overall system – gives operators intuitive audible and visual alerts while offering installation flexibility and time savings.

Side Defender II represents an evolution in technology, adding VRU awareness to PRECO’s blind spot lane change assist feature and eliminates nuisance alerts, reduces lane change accidents and mitigates incidents in urban settings.

Side Defender II, Loutzenheiser says, adds intelligent technology to the company’s already successful lane change assist feature, meeting the demand for collision mitigation systems capable of ignoring stationary objects while alerting on moving VRUs in crowded urban environments. The new slow speed functionality provides the reliability and active safety alerts over-the-road truck operators and city service and delivery drivers will benefit from worldwide.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected].