VDO overcomes blind spot issues

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VDO overcomes blind spot issues

Increased confidence manoeuvring large vehicles with greatly enhanced safety is now possible with an innovative VDO 360 degree surround-view system for retrofit on a broad range of vehicles.

VDO’s ProViu takes a giant leap forward in OH & S, providing real time high quality images utilising four specialised cameras with 187 degree fisheye lenses giving the driver or operator 360 degree all-round vision with an unprecedented view of the vehicle’s surroundings.

Suitable for retrofit and original equipment application on a wide range of public transport, trucks, buses, commercial, contracting, agricultural and special purpose vehicles, this latest development from VDO is designed to assist in risk reduction of accidents and life threatening incidents.

The unique robust four-camera system is linked to provide all-round visibility for the operator, reducing blind spots and displaying pedestrians, obstacles and dangerous situations that may not appear in direct rear vision mirrors. The transmitted images are adjusted perspectively and consolidated to create a preview in one bird’s-eye view.

Marketed as VDO ProViu, the new system improves the ease of manoeuvring large vehicles while decreasing the risk of accidents, improving turnarounds and downtime associated with damage to a vehicle.

The new ProViu greatly facilitates vehicle operations providing an unprecedented view of the vehicle’s surroundings in real time. Ideal in critical situations such as dense city traffic, narrow loading areas, cluttered factory yards, building sites or when negotiating narrow streets with parked cars, cyclists and obstacles.

Formerly produced by VDO for original equipment fitment at the factory, the new ProViu is now highly customisable and versatile and available for retrofit for commercial, industrial and special purpose vehicles making it an indispensable safety feature for today’s traffic conditions.

ProViu cameras integrate all the individual functions in one bird’s-eye view image with the use of four 187 degree plus cameras located at strategic positions around the vehicle. The electronic control unit (ECU) then merges these four images and/or selected views and displays them in a useful user-friendly format on the screen located in the cab. The view can be configured to individual requirements to provide the ideal view tailored to the driver’s needs.

Unlike CCTV and other mostly re-active monitoring systems the VDO ProViu is a passive, pro-active system. Perfect merging, alpha blending, and grading are standard features. The entire system is designed for accuracy, and has the advantage of a flexible SW tool chain with multiple screens, configuration, custom user interface etc.

Light/dark balance is achieved by the automatic balancing of the whole image on the screen, reducing the differential between the images. The system is built to the highest automotive standards, and has full certification for EMC and type approval.

“In public transit operations, blind spots can become a serious and life threatening problem, usually the bigger the vehicle the bigger the hidden area with blind spots hiding pedestrians, cyclists or even entire cars,” said Phil Crosbie, VDO commercial vehicle and aftermarket manager.

VDO ProViu hardware included in this cutting edge technology system includes four cameras with 187 degree plus lenses, horizontal viewing angle, intelligent software driven light balance plus an ECU.

Tthe VDO ProViu is available from VDO stockists throughout Australia and New Zealand. 

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