Eye C U

Oct. 13, 2014

From my perspective, you would have to be blind, if you don't see the potential and increasing use of cameras.  About 10 years ago, photography quickly moved from film to digital, even for the high resolution imagery needed for print. Cameras on our phones are probably where it became popular for the general public.  

We were amazed when Russians showed us pictures of an object falling from space with their dash cams.  Boston police made great use of security cameras to solve the bombing at the marathon. At the Intelligent Transportation World Congress I saw the many uses of traffic cameras, now with automatic recognition of cars and trucks.

This week, at the ATA Management Conference and Exhibition, it was cameras for looking ahead and capturing traffic incidents to defend fleets; cameras that look at the driver to allow coaching for driver distraction and improved fuel economy; cameras for viewing the blind spots.

Software for combining the various views is coming to provide a view from above of everything around a vehicle called a birds-eye view. With wireless cameras, the camera in a truck behind you can show you what is happening around your vehicle. In 2018, it's very likely the European Union will allow cameras to replace mirrors on trucks.  Is there any limit to what another pair of undistracted eyes can do?  How about ten more pairs? EYE C U and a lot more.

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