Brigade has gained DVSA recognition for its Sidescan Predict system, which was described as an effective road safety product.

The news is a first for the business and, furthermore, testament to the efforts of the product team. 

Sidescan Predict is a side-detection sensor system, designed for collision avoidance between vehicles, objects and vulnerable road users. 

Furthermore, it uses ultrasonic technology to predicts if a collision is likely to occur with a vulnerable road user.

The system constantly gathers object detection data, for example, speed and distance of a cyclist or vulnerable road user from the vehicle. 

In addition, further technology is embedded within the system to gather information. 

For example, Sidescan Predict can calculate the speed, direction, acceleration and the turning rate of a vehicle.

The data then feeds an algorithm created by Brigade to calculate the risk of a collision.

Designed for most rigid body vehicles including rigid box vehicles, tippers, mixers, coaches and buses. 

In fact, the only requirement is that they have a minimum length of 5.2m.

Comprising six sensors which have a detection area of 2.5 metres.

The system is also always switched on when the vehicle’s speed is below 22mph/30kph, regardless of the indicator selection. 

Furthermore, by creating a predictive system, false alarms are reduced, allowing the driver to be confident in the accuracy of the warning.

The DVSA recognition puts Brigade’s Sidescan Predict among an exclusive club of vehicle safety products.

Emily Hardy, UK marketing manager, Brigade, said the whole team was very proud of the achievement.

“The team have been working extremely hard to ensure the Sidescan Predict system is as effective as possible,” she furthered. 

“This is a great recognition for both the product and Brigade.”

Specifically, Sidescan Predict underwent rigorous testing for over seven years, with some 10,000 hours of research.