SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Tyson Foods Inc. announced on Oct. 27 that it will start using Stoneridge Inc.’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System (CMS) to improve truck driver safety.
The system replaces traditional rear- and side-view mirrors with integrated external mounted cameras and interior mounted monitors to give drivers a more complete view of the road and common blind spots.
To start, Tyson plans to install 55 company trucks with the Stoneridge camera system. The pilot project comes from a 9 million-mile evaluation of the MirrorEye which involved driver feedback and improvements. The meat producer is the largest refrigerated fleet to commercially adopt the CMS outside the evaluation period.
“Installing MirrorEye is about helping drivers make better, more informed driving decisions,” said Kyle Neely, senior vice president of distribution for Tyson Foods. “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.”
Stoneridge, based in Novi, Mich., was the first camera monitor system to receive federal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This let MirrorEye-equipped trucks operate on the road with an integrated system of cameras and digital displays as an alternative to conventional mirrors.
“Tyson advocates for safety and sustainability, making it an exemplary partner to champion our shared values and showcase the safety and sustainability benefits MirrorEye has to offer,” said Jon DeGaynor, president and chief executive officer of Stoneridge Inc.
Along with improving driver vision and reducing blind spots, MirrorEye is designed for wider field of view and also enhances vision at night and in inclement weather.