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Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said it would test a new camera system that would replace traditional side- and rear-view mirrors on 55 of its trucks.
The technology, developed by Stoneridge Inc. of Novi, Michigan, uses mounted outside cameras linked to an in-cab monitor to help drivers have a better view of the road and potential blind spots. Tyson Foods is the largest refrigerated fleet to join the project.
Tyson Foods said it has spent more than $500 million the past three years on innovation and technology. The companies said that the MirrorEye system is the first camera system to receive an exemption from the Federal Motor Safety Administration, allowing it to be used on trucks.
“Installing MirrorEye is about helping drivers make better, more informed driving decisions,” said Kyle Neely, Tyson Foods’ senior vice president of distribution. “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.”