The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is very concerned for your safety – after all, it’s in their name. They’re so concerned for your safety in fact that they are allowing a company to do extensive testing to see where exactly an in-cab camera can get the most effective view. The view they’re concerned about isn’t just of the road to be able to accurately record accidents or traffic violations, but also of you. More specifically, they want to be able to “accurately scan facial features for detection of impaired driving.”
Unlike other cab-mounted cameras that are attached at the top of the windshield, these new cameras will be placed at the bottom, requiring an exemption from regulation that prevents items from being placed in a location that would obstruct driver vision. The company responsible for the research, Transecurity, says that the cameras will be placed in such a way that they will not obstruct driver vision or restrict the movement of windshield wipers.
The placement of the cameras is so important because Transecurity wants to be able to get a clear view of the driver at all times. While it’s true that a few other industries have been known to set up cameras to observe employees, a truck is so much more than just a work space for truckers. For the majority of their year, it is their home. The cameras won’t just be rolling on an employee at their workstation (which is bad enough), but on a person in the only private space they have.
The Virginia-based company has been granted a two year stretch of time with which to test their driver-cams to their hearts’ content. So far their grant allows camera installation in up to 500 commercial motor vehicles. Companies with cameras so far include Eagle Transport, H&W Trucking, Associated Grocers, AM Express, and a bus company.
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