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FMCSA Allows Camera System to Replace Truck Mirrors


January 3, 2019 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, (FMCSA) has granted Stoneridge Inc., Novi, Michigan, an exemption that allows the company’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System (CMS) to be installed as an alternative to the conventional rear-vision mirrors currently required on commercial motor vehicles in the United States.

The exemption applies solely to Stoneridge's MirrorEye system, making it the only CMS that allows complete removal of traditional mirrors in the United States.

"This decision will help bring an innovative driver vision technology to market that will greatly improve the safety of everyone who shares the road," said Jon DeGaynor, president and CEO, Stoneridge. "The MirrorEye Camera Monitor System empowers truck drivers to avoid potential collisions by the elimination of certain blind spots, expansion of their field of view, and increased awareness of the truck's surroundings. This exemption allows our customers to fully recognize both the safety and fuel economy benefits of MirrorEye."

Fleet and Driver Feedback Built In
Leading fleets, including Maverick Transportation, J.B. Hunt, and Schneider National, have provided vehicles, test drivers, and invaluable feedback during a significant fleet evaluation period in order to ensure the MirrorEye CMS meets driver and fleet requirements. Fleets have driven more than two million miles with the MirrorEye system. It has received outstanding reviews from professional truck drivers.

"Thank you to the leaders in the trucking industry who have tested, provided input, and helped validate the effectiveness and reliability of this safety technology," said DeGaynor. "Stoneridge would like to especially acknowledge the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Trucking Alliance, Spangenberg Partners, and numerous individuals of the trucking community who have supported our mission of improved safety."

"MirrorEye technology was designed and improved based on real input from commercial vehicles drivers during testing," said Stephen Fox, Vice President of Business Development, Stoneridge. "We have collected a tremendous amount of data and challenged the system in real-life scenarios. We are fully confident MirrorEye CMS will provide exceptional reliability and resolve many of the safety issues commercial vehicle drivers currently face."   

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