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Five minutes with… Emily Hardy, UK Marketing Manager, Brigade Electronics UK

16 March 2023 #Features & Interviews

Describe Brigade’s Sidescan Predict product that you will be showcasing at this year’s CV Show?

Brigade has a range of systems that use artificial intelligence to predict collisions with unrivalled accuracy. Sidescan Predict is the next generation of ultrasonic detection. By analysing speed, direction and acceleration of both the vehicle and detected object and differentiating between static and moving objects, the Sidescan Predict algorithm assesses the risk and calculates the likelihood of an impact.

Designed for rigid vehicles, Sidescan Predict instantly alerts the driver to potential dangers via a multi-stage in-cab visual warning system, according to the urgency of the situation, thus minimising audible alerts and false alarms. The system can be activated all the time when the speed is below 20mph, without causing driver overload and is not dependent on indicator selection for activation. Sidescan Predict sensors ensure full coverage down the nearside of the vehicle with a range of two metres and do not activate in relation to roadside furniture or stationery vehicles.

What about the new side radar detection system?

Brigade’s new side radar detection has been designed to improve safety on both articulated and rigid vehicles. Previously detection systems were fitted to the tractor unit, but the trailer was neglected due to the articulation causing false alerts. Brigade’s new side radar detection can detect whether the vehicle has a trailer. It is predictive and only warns the driver if a collision is likely via a visual display in the cab. Side radar detects the truck turning, so indicator selection is not required to activate the system. It has a quick install time of approximately two hours, meaning less vehicle down time.

Can you tell us a bit more about Brigade’s AI camera range that you will also be highlighting at the show?

Also new to Brigade’s product portfolio is the AI camera range. AI cameras are a new generation of active blind-spot detection. Using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, the cameras detect and recognise the human form within the pre-defined detection zone and reliably warn the driver visually and/or audibly before a possible collision occurs. Image processing is built-in to the camera, meaning no other hardware is required. Three types of cameras are available this spring: one for the front, one for the rear and a premium range camera.

Careye is a premium AI camera that is also predictive. It will accurately evaluate images from cameras fitted to the vehicle and is able to calculate the future course of motion of nearby people or objects on the nearside of a vehicle. Based on this data, the system reliably and accurately warns the driver in real time of a possible collision before it occurs.

Warnings are issued either actively with an audible and visual red alert if a person or object is at risk of being hit, or passively with a visual yellow alert if, for example, a person or object is moving away from the danger zone – dramatically reducing false alerts.

How can the products in the Brigade Van range help operators?

Brigade has also launched the Brigade Van range, providing operators with quality products at competitive prices in the van sector. The entry level systems are designed for vehicles where space is at a premium. Products include high-definition cameras, sensors, dashcams and digital recording systems.

And what about your telematics offering?

Finally, we will be showcasing our new Bridge Telematics range of products. Using Brigade’s Bridge live services, customers will now be able to have access to everything remotely; telematics, video and tachograph downloads for any vehicle type.

Brigade Electronics will be on stand 5C46 at the Commercial Vehicle Show, NEC Birmingham, 18-20 April. Register to visit for free now at www.cvshow.com

Emily Hardy, UK Marketing Manager, Brigade Electronics UK

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