Western Star launches blind spot radar system here


‘Spotto’ algorithms to calculate velocity and distance of objects

Western Star launches blind spot radar system here
Western Star says Spotto system will help avoid blind spot-related collisions

 

A blind spot radar has been introduced across the Western Star Trucks range in Australia.

By scanning the area alongside the truck, the ‘Spotto’ blind spot radar system helps eliminate the dangers associated with blind spots at all times and in all weather conditions, Western Star notes.

Mounted to the passenger-side step, the radar uses micro-wave technology to detect objects that might be hidden from the driver’s view including vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, and infrastructure.

An indicator fitted in the passenger-side A-pillar, within the driver’s direct line-of-sight when checking their side mirror, provides visual and audible alerts to potential collisions with objects in the blind area.


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The radar system utilises intelligent algorithms to calculate the velocity and distance of objects relative to the side of the truck, resulting in a safety system "that’s accurate and reliable, with minimal false alerts".

"The introduction of the option to have the blind spot radar option fitted to any vehicle across the Western Star range will give drivers that added assurance when changing lanes or making turns," Penske Australia - Western Star Trucks national sales manager Dale Christensen says.

"By contacting one of our Western Star dealers, existing or new customers can have the radar system installed on their truck.

"And for customers who get in before the end of May, a special price of $900 is currently on offer."

The Spotto radar has been developed in Australia by technology supplier FleetSafe, specifically to address the issue of collisions due to blind spots around trucks.

"It’s made for trucks and engineered to withstand the harsh environment of Australian trucking," FleetSafe business development manager Ian Kalmek says.

"We’re thrilled to be partnering with Penske and the Western Star brand to enhance the safety of their trucks."

 

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