30 Dec 2019


At Busworld Europe Smart-Vision exhibited its mirrorless Camera Monitoring System. Now the French based company is expanding to North America and shows its latest systems at the UMA Motorcoach Expo 2020, January 19-23, in Nashville, Tennessee. Smart Vision is enhanced with a smart dimmable shading solution.

Smart-Vision replaces rear-view mirrors with high-definition cameras and interior displays. Compared with standard rear-view mirrors, the camera's covers a larger field of vision, the interior displays eliminate glare and have an automatic adjustment of the screens’ brightness for different lighting conditions, such as entrance and exit of tunnels, low light and bad weather. The systems offers a stable image without vibration. In addition to eliminating lateral blind spots, the solution provides functions such as the suppression of the A pillar blind spot, parking and manoeuvring aid or guidance assistance.

Another advantage is the system cuts down fuel consumption by around 5 per cent according to Vision Systems. This is due to the removal of the mirrors, which lowers wind resistance for improved aerodynamics. It also eliminates the risk of collision between the mirror and tree branches or road signs. This minimizes the maintenance costs linked to potential damages, while maximizing the vehicle’s availability. At UMA Motorcoach Expo, Vision Systems will showcase a Smart-Vision solution with Class 2, 4 and 5 in the same camera. Prevost will present a vehicle equipped with the Smart-Vision solution.

At UMA Vision Systems will also exhibit an Electronically Dimmable Window for a motorcoach application, with integrated information display that gives travel information such as time, temperature, remaining kilometres, or a service availability, in addition to providing a smart shading system. A dimmable window makes it possible to eliminate shades that clutter up the space, block the view and require regular maintenance. It is integrated into the glazing, and allow the passengers to instantly change the opacity of their window, or part of it, from clear to dark in order to regulate daylight, glare and heat entering in, while preserving the view. These solutions can be controlled directly by the passenger, through a centralized control panel for coach-wide master control, or automatically with light or temperature sensors. The internally-developed electronics are integrated, which facilitates installation in original equipment or retrofitting.

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