Cameras replacing mirrors
Van Hool chose Vision Systems’ solution Smart-Vision to equip two coaches of the EX range and two of the TDX range exhibited at Busworld. This camera monitoring system is part of the many technological innovations integrated in Van Hool’s vehicles that reflect the company’s innovative strength.
Smart-Vision replaces the rearview mirrors with high-definition cameras and interior displays to offer optimized visibility and enhanced ergonomics. Compared with standard rearview mirrors, the interior displays eliminate glare and the automatic adjustment of the screens’ brightness ensures excellent visibility in all lighting conditions, at the entrance and exit of tunnels, night and day, in every weather and in any driving environment. In addition to eliminating lateral blind spots, the solution provides functions such as the suppression of the A pillar blind spot, parking and maneuvering aid, guidance assistance and security monitoring around the vehicle.
The EX range takes into consideration the comfort and safety of the passengers in an environmentally and economically responsible manner while achieving efficiency and elegance. Vision Systems’ Smart-Vision is fully in line with these needs. The removal of the mirrors lowers wind resistance for improved aerodynamics, which reduces fuel consumption by around 5% and CO2 emissions. It also reduces maintenance costs and down time linked to mirror breakage and offers a very modern design.
Vision Systems is already refitting 22 Van Hool Exqui.City trambuses in Geneva (Switzerland) and will equip 33 new Exqui.City trambuses by mid 2020 for TPG, the local public transport operator in Geneva.