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By Robert B. Akins
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About this project

Blind Side View is a blind spot camera system for commercial truck drivers. It is used to aid truck drivers in backing. Though still in its development stage, there has been much accomplished with the current prototype model. It has shown to be functional, effective, and reliable.This model is detachable, allowing the driver to change position of the camera to any desired location. The camera has a battery pack that is multi use and rechargeable. The battery has ports for USB devices, meaning the battery has the ability to charge anything within reason via USB such as a cell phone or tablet. The camera system requires no installation because of its two main assets. Our industrial strength suction cup mount and the multifunction battery pack. 

The purpose of a blind spot camera system for backing is help truck drivers to save lives, money, and time. Anytime a commercial truck driver backs their tractor trailer there's always at least one blind spot. This of course is directly behind the trailer. Others include the left and right side of the trailer. This is all dependent upon the angle of the tractor trailer.The average size of a tractor trailer(van trailer) is 72 feet long. Backing such massive equipment requires 100% attention and good visibility. Pedestrians can be unpredictable and one of the main reasons backing accidents occur are because drivers misjudge the actions of pedestrians. Others reasons include failing to check around the entire vehicle and failing to use a spotter. These all can be resolved by using the reliable and consistent Blind Side View, camera system.

Blind Side View is looking to continue the development of its current prototype. Specifically we want to reduce the camera size and enhance the design. We want to give users a device that is aesthetically pleasing. Next we want to develop a sophisticated distance indicator system that will alert the driver when their is an object that is in close proximity with the trailer. This system will have the capability to work independently and in tandem with the Blind Side View camera system. The distance indicator would have 14 sensors, 3 running along top on both sides, 3 running along the bottom on both sides and 2 on the rear doors. The sensors would alert the driver of its specific location on the trailer and proximity to impact. This feature would be used to reduce or eliminate the cost associated with major or minor backing accidents. We also will adapt this system to be used while driving, so it would be comparable to a blind spot indicator on a car. When an object is next to the forward moving tractor trailer, an indicator light will be illuminated, advising the driver of it's presence. 

We truly believe that our success is measured not by dollars and cents, but by the lives that we touch, and improve. As a former driver I know through personal experience what challenges a truck driver has to face on a day to day basis. Safety is always priority #1, but today people are more distracted than ever. Texting and walking is becoming an issue with pedestrians, which is adding to the already long list of potential hazards a truck driver has to avoid. We believe in this product, and and our goal is to increase safety and awareness while backing. We feel that it can help lead the way to create a new standard for the trucking industry. Truck drivers should have every opportunity to perform all safety sensitive functions of their job to the highest degree possible. We feel that an individual backing a 53 foot trailer with massive blind spots is unacceptable, but with your help we hope to change that.   

How it works:

1. After a driver has set up for a backing maneuver and placed the parking break, they would first activate the display monitor by pressing its power button.

2. The driver would activate the camera by pressing the power button

3. The driver would get out of his or her truck to do a full walk around of the vehicle to survey the surrounding area, and in the process of doing this would mount the camera to their desired location on the trailer. 

4. The driver would then get back inside of their tractor and perform the backing maneuver.

5. Once complete, the driver would power off the display monitor, get out of their tractor, retrieve the camera, and power off the battery. 

6. Return to the tractor and store Blind Side View in its secure case.  

Risks and challenges

The challenge we face with the Blind Side View camera system is convincing a generation of drivers who have have always done things the same way of an alternative. Today, the standard for drivers who are having trouble backing their tractor trailer is to get out and look, and to survey the area around their vehicle. This method is useful, but it is not full proof. The problem with just using this method is that the surrounding area is ever changing; pedestrians, moving vehicles, and stationary objects can be misjudged.

Our task is to educate drivers that using Blind Side View is an amazing addition that can be easily adapted to current practices. As a driver is backing their tractor trailer he or she may find their self in a tight situation, this is when a driver would normally get out to look and walk around their vehicle. At this time a driver would get out their blind spot camera, power on the unit, and quickly mount the camera to the side of their trailer by its industrial strength suction cup mount. The display is mounted to the interior of the tractor on its windshield. A driver would then power on the display by the push of a button and back their trailer as usual.

We confidently believe that we can overcome this challenge.

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