DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES INSTALLING BLIND-ZONE VISION
Newbury, Ohio -- Distribution Technologies Inc. (DistTech),
an established industry leader in dedicated and common carriage
for liquid bulk commodities, has announced plans to install an
in-cab video system that detects vehicles traveling in the driver's
"blind spot" in approximately 60 vehicles that are scheduled to
be delivered in early 2005.
DistTech will be installing the Passenger Side Blind-Zone™
Video System from DAWN Automotive Video Inc. Driver friendly and
ergonomically designed, the video system includes a compact, rugged
IR (Infrared) SUPERBullet™ camera that attaches to each
vehicle's outside passenger-side mirror along with a dashboard-mounted
in-cab monitor. The camera provides the driver with continuous
motion, real-time video of the right-side blind spot - day and
night. When another vehicle travels in the truck's blind spot,
the system also triggers an audible alarm that alerts the driver.
"Helping our drivers to be more aware of vehicles traveling
in their blind spots is just one more way we can ensure the continued
safety of our fleet and the motoring public," said John Hazenfield,
Senior Vice President/CIO for DistTech, noting that the company's
fleet consistently posts one of the best safety records among
bulk carriers. "The Blind-Zone Video System is very economical,
and if the unit helps to prevent just one accident, then our return
on investment is immeasurable."
DistTech committed to installing the Blind-Zone Video System
following a successful test of the device in several vehicles.
Implementing the Blind-Zone Video System in new vehicles is
another step that DistTech has taken to ensure the safety of its
drivers. In 2003, DistTech began testing the Driver Fatigue Monitor
(DRM) marketed by Pittsburgh-based Attention Technology Inc. in
eight vehicles at its Neville Island, Pa. facility. The DFM measures
slow eyelid closure associated with drowsiness and sounds an audible
alert if it detect that the driver is drowsy. Based on the success
of the test, DistTech is currently installing more of the units
in its vehicles.