Amey invests £1m in protecting cyclists

25/11/2015
Highways Reporters

Amey is investing almost £1million in new fleet technology that is designed to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

The technology, known in the UK as Cycle Safety Shield, has been developed by Safety Shield Systems using technology created by Israeli firm, Mobileye. It incorporates strategically placed multi-vision sensors, which act as a driver's third eye and monitor blind spots around the vehicle. The system also provides drivers with real-time visual and audible alerts as the risk of a collision increases.

From today, Amey is starting to rollout the technology on its fleet. Over 100 refuse collection vehicles in London will be equipped with the advanced system which uses smart cameras and sensors to help drivers avoid collisions with vulnerable road users.

Mel Ewell, Chief Executive of Amey, said: "Amey is committed to ensuring public and employee safety, and we’re always looking at new ways to continue delivering our services as safely as possible.  Working with our suppliers to roll out the Cycle Safety Shield system across our fleet, is another example of where we have gone above and beyond to help improve road safety in London and across the communities in which we work.”

When the rollout is complete, Amey will have around 200 vehicles equipped with this technology – making it one of the largest fleets in the UK to be fitted with this advanced system.

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