Tyson Foods is testing out new camera technology that could replace traditional side and rear view mirrors.
ABC 7 reports that Tyson has been working with designer and manufacturer Stoneridge to produce the Stoneridge MirrorEye Camera Monitor system – an integrated camera system intended to help truck drivers get a more complete view of the road and the truck’s surroundings, including the infamous blind spots.
The camera has already been through a 9 million mile evaluation period, but Tyson is the largest refrigerated fleet to test the camera system since it’s development.
Of Tyson’s 1,000 trucks and 2,100 refrigerated trailers, 55 company trucks have been fitted with the new technology; a choice that is a part of an over $500 million investment in technology and automation by Tyson in the last three years according to corporate spokesman Derek Burleson.
“Installing MirrorEye is about helping drivers make better, more informed driving decisions,” said Kyle Neely, senior vice president of distribution at Tyson Foods. “When drivers have a more complete and real-time view of their surroundings, they’re able to do their job even better. As a carrier of choice and industry leader, we have a responsibility to improve the safety of our drivers, as well as everyone on the road.”