Tyson Foods is testing new technology in 55 of its company trucks. The Stoneridge MirrorEye Camera Monitor system replaces the traditional rear and sideview mirrors with integrated camera monitors to help drivers get a more complete view of the road and truck surroundings, including common blind spots.
Tyson has worked with designer and manufacturer Stoneridge on the project. The camera system is the result of a 9-million-mile evaluation period with the trucking industry. Tyson is the largest refrigerated fleet to commercially adopt the camera system since the evaluation period. Tyson operates a private fleet of nearly 1,000 trucks and 2,100 refrigerated trailers carrying approximately 15,500 loads per week.
“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.”
The project is part of more than $500 million the company has invested in technology and automation over the past three years, according to corporate spokesman Derek Burleson.
Stoneridge claims the MirrorEye system gives drivers a wider field of view and it’s intended to enhance vision at night and during inclement weather.