Light-Out Detection System Designed By Truck-Lite
The new Light-out detection system designed by Truck-Lite will soon be launched to alert truck drivers, during their travels, if any of the lights malfunctions. The system will be integrated with the electrical system of the trailers and installed as a part of the nose box assembly. The working mechanism of the Light-Out detection system is that during transit, if any of the lights go out, the driver, within seconds of its malfunction will be notified by a small blue light positioned in the front of the truck to fix the light before anyone notices.
Brad Van Riper, the senior vice-president and chief technology officer at Truck-Lite, when talking about the latest system remarked, “As the industry continues to adapt and to improve their vehicle safety standards, fleets are looking for new ways to ensure compliance, improve CSA scores, and increase driver confidence. Failed safety products can lead to high CSA scores, driver retention problems, and excessive downtime. This is a product that was designed to help fleets across the board.”
The Light-out detection system was first launched and demonstrated in the Technology and Maintenance Council’s spring meetings. So far, Riper believes that the system has shown promising results. Talking about the violations CSA violations in 2014, Riper quoted that most of the violations were light-related. Riper stated, “When you have a light out on your vehicle, it’s like placing a sign that says ‘Inspect Me’ on the side of your trailer”.
Speaking about the pros of the Light-out detection system, Van Riper told the media that the system works only with LED lighting which is very helpful for pre-trips on sunny days when it is almost impossible to tell if all the high-mounted lights are running properly.
According to Truck-Lite, the lighting of the system is tested every 50 milliseconds to ensure no failure in the system is reported. In case there are any issues with the system, a notification stating the issue pops up immediately. Engraved on the module panel is a circuit key which informs the operator which light is out in case of a failure.
According to the company officials, Truck-Lite has already deployed about 75 units as an experiment. The company is also working with many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to introduce the system as a factory option rather than just a retrofit kit as it is offered in the market for now. Lastly, the company also mentioned that the full production is expected to begin in April 2016.
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