Tyson Foods, Inc. is testing a new technology to improve safety for its truck drivers. The Stoneridge MirrorEye® Camera Monitor System (CMS) replaces traditional rear and side-view mirrors with integrated exterior mounted cameras and interior mounted monitors to help give drivers a more complete view of the road and the truck’s surroundings, including common blind spots.
The health and safety of Tyson team members is the company’s top priority, and this project is part of its more than $500 million investment in technology and automation over the past three years.
Tyson, which operates one of the nation’s largest refrigerated trucking fleets, has been working with Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE: SRI), a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electrical and electronic vehicle systems, to develop and install the MirrorEye CMS on 55 company trucks. Stoneridge’s evaluation period has garnered more than 9 million miles, or real-world MirrorEye testing, which involved driver feedback from multiple fleets and contributed to improvements in the system. Tyson is the largest refrigerated fleet to commercially adopt MirrorEye outside the evaluation period.
MirrorEye is designed to improve driver vision and reduce blind spots by providing a wider field of view. It is also intended to enhance vision at night and during inclement weather.
“Installing MirrorEye is about helping drivers make better, more informed driving decisions,” said Kyle Neely, senior vice president, distribution, 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.”
“Tyson advocates for safety and sustainability, making it an exemplary partner to champion our shared values and showcase the safety and sustainability benefits MirrorEye has to offer,” said Jon DeGaynor, president and CEO, Stoneridge.
MirrorEye was the first camera monitor system to receive a federal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), allowing MirrorEye-equipped trucks to operate on the road with an integrated system of cameras and digital displays as an alternative to conventional mirrors.
Stoneridge continues to work closely in partnership with fleets to further advance its CMS technology and plans for MirrorEye to become part of a larger system for successive improvements in fleet risk management.