How AI can help your fleet comply with the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) 2024

Transport for London (TfL) expects DVS safety technology to be highly accurate. Here’s how AI can assist with that and reduce your incidents by up to 80%

How accurate is the safety technology fitted to your fleet?

Do you have a camera system that can correctly identify bollards, lampposts or other street furniture and only trigger a warning for a real risk, like a pedestrian suddenly stepping out in front of the vehicle?

Or are your drivers often complaining about alarms or beeps sounding unnecessarily when they’re trying to concentrate? Because, let’s face it, that’s the last thing an HGV driver wants when entering a busy urban area.

False alarms are a distraction and could potentially cause an incident – the exact opposite of what good safety technology is designed to do.

That’s where Artificial intelligence (AI) comes in.

AI camera technology is smart enough to ‘ignore’ street furniture and focus on real, imminent danger.

That level of accuracy is particularly important for fleet operators in London who need to comply with the updated Direct Vision Standard (DVS).

What is DVS?

The DVS and HGV safety permit scheme requires vehicles over 12 tonnes to meet certain safety standards before entering and operating in most of Greater London.

HGVs are awarded a star rating by the manufacturer from zero to five, based on how much the driver can see from their cab windows and the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians or cyclists.

A zero star DVS rating indicates limited visibility while five is the highest rating with excellent direct vision. Currently, HGVs over 12 tonnes are required to have at least a one star DVS rating or to fit certain safety technology to a zero star vehicle to make it safer and obtain a permit from Transport for London (TfL).

From 28 October 2024, vehicles over 12 tonnes will either need to have a three star or above rating or be fitted with certain specified safety technology (collectively known as the Progressive Safe System or PSS) to obtain a permit.

Find out everything you need to know about DVS 2024.

What does TFL say about the accuracy of safety technology?

TfL’s DVS guidance for fleet operators sets out detailed requirements for the PSS.

It emphasises the accuracy of safety technology, stating that the sensors for blind spot information systems “must not activate in response to roadside furniture or stationary vehicles where a collision is imminent”.

Front sensor systems, meanwhile, must be ‘active’ and able to react to the presence of vulnerable road users, according to TFL.

“They must not provide false alarms,” the guidance says.

How can I choose a compliant PSS?

TfL does not certify third party systems or approve any providers of PSS kit so it’s important to choose a provider that you are confident understands the PSS requirements, has conducted rigorous tests and uses qualified engineers. However, our systems are OEM specified and meet the TUV approvals for R151 and R159 respectively for BSIS and MOIS.

This means that the systems meet and exceed manufacturers requirements and can be fitted from factory with the vehicles passing type approval without issues.

At Exeros Technologies we have put our own processes in place to fully understand DVS, and we have conducted more than 2,000 hours of testing, including live testing on the road and test scenarios, before bringing our PSS kits to market.

Our engineers have full insurance to work on commercial vehicles and more than five years’ experience of fitting safety technology to commercial vehicles.

Our installers also have a number of independent accreditations:

All of our installers must pass an Exeros check to confirm they can efficiently and effectively fit the kit.

To help meet DVS requirements, we provide all of our clients with a post installation report for each vehicle.

What PSS kits are available?

PSS Kit #1: Exeros BSIS & MOIS

An AI camera technology kit eliminating all nearside and front blind spots (with optional rear-view); imminently alerting the driver of any danger.

  • Eliminates all false alarms with no shortfall in detection
  • Latest camera technology seeing up to 30m back, 10m forward and 7.5m out.
  • Superior object recognition: Easily identifies between a cyclist, pedestrian or fixed object.
  • Audible & Visual Alerts: Customisable alerts to fit the specific requirements.

Vehicle Applications: Both Rigid & Articulated HGVs

**All PSS Kits also come with warning signage.

PSS Kit #2: Exeros AI SkEye View 360

A 2D or 3D Bird’s Eye view of the entire vehicle surrounding, providing an all-weather real-time display around the vehicle at all times, completely eliminating blind spots.

  • Zero Blind Spots: Thanks to its computer-generated technology, true 360 coverage is guaranteed.
  • Seamless Simplicity: 4 x HD camera views stitches together for one seamless view.
  • Superior object recognition: Easily identifies between a cyclist, pedestrian or fixed object.
  • Built-in ADAS and AI functions: Providing drivers with audio and visual alerts when manoeuvring

Vehicle Applications: Rigid HGVs

**All PSS Kits also come with warning signage.

What are the other benefits of AI camera technology?

Aside from a reduction in false alerts, there are a number of other benefits from fitting AI camera technology, including:

  • Fewer crashes. Our customers typically see an 85% reduction in accidents and the associated cost of accidents*.
  • A potential reduction in your insurance premium following a fall in your incident rate.
  • Protecting your brand’s reputation by helping to prevent a serious incident or fatality and the associated negative media attention.

But above all, it’s about potentially saving the life of a cyclist or pedestrian who is in a driver’s blind spot.

What is the return on investment (ROI) for AI camera technology?

On average, our customers see a positive ROI within 9 months of deploying our AI camera technology to their fleet.

We offer a range of payment options including capital expenditure, leasing and deferred options.

How long does PSS installation take?

Installing a PSS kit takes between 1.5 hours to 5 hours, depending on the complexity of the vehicle.

All of our solutions are ready to be deployed and we are already installing PSS kits for clients ahead of the rule changes in October 2024.

It’s estimated that more than around 200,000 vehicles will need PSS kit fitting to comply so don’t delay installation.

TfL’s three-month grace period (from October 2024) only applies if you can demonstrate a vehicle has an installation booked and that the fitter was not able to complete the work prior to 27 October 2024.

Need help with DVS? We can help

To find out more how we can help, or simply to find out the latest with regards DVS 2024:

Email us on:dvs@exeros-tech.com

Use our Contact Form here

Call us on: +44 (0) 800 368 8175

Check out our DVS 2024 Product Page here

 

*This is from an internal survey conducted across 20 fleet customers over the last 10 years.