Advances in technology for trucks is being used to fight driver shortages.

In other words, the new systems will hopefully help bring new blood into the industry. 

The problem of a lack of drivers is well-known and has been highlighted by many in recent months.

However, Brigade Electronics is hoping that new technology for trucks will attract more HGV drivers. 

In fact, fitting safety devices and CCTV to trucks help operators and drivers, both existing and new.

Emily Hardy, a road safety expert at Brigade Electronics UK, explained more.

“Trying to attract new talent is a difficult process. 

“For example, offering higher wages and more appealing packages are short term measures. 

“They have already been implemented by many companies. 

“However, safety and the right level of driver support are also crucial factors. 

The measures Hardy outline are, she said, ensuring drivers “want to continue with a long-term career in the industry”.

Specifically, new technology for trucks has helped with visibility and blind spots. 

 “It is essential that learner drivers are taught how to use these systems,” reasoned Hardy. 

Continuing, Hardy said that research showed a vehicle could travel up to 10m in the time it takes to scan mirrors and react to a situation. 

“Cameras, such as Brigade’s Backeye 360 allow the driver to see everything in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle.

“For example, that includes pedestrians and cyclists, that might be in a blind spot position.”

Meanwhile, Brigade Electronics’ next generation of collision avoidance systems was developed using artificial intelligence. 

In addition, it was supported by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership initiative with Cambridge University. 

The result – Sidescan Predict – was extensively trialled in 2020 with impressive results. 

For example, the technology constantly gathers object detection data such as the speed and distance of a nearby cyclist or pedestrian.