SM UK has a strong commitment to road safety, advocating ‘Driving Fleet Safety’ to keep drivers and other Vulnerable Road Users (VRU's) as safe as possible on our roads. Our aim is to assist commercial fleets and VRU's to work together in making the roads a safer place for everyone. This is done, through the implementation of the latest technology in vehicle safety equipment and warning systems.
SM UK also has a strong internal company commitment to safety. All 35 vans operated by our engineers are equipped with a 4-camera system, which not only reduces accidents but also prevents false claims, improves driver behaviour and assists easier manoeuvring, especially on busy work sites.
Our dedicated sales team is also out in the field, making sure existing and new customers commercial fleets are equipped with the latest safety equipment. We currently have 6 key customers trialling the HALO® system, to get the product out in the industry to protect cyclists and save lives.
Whilst cycle safety systems exist, HALO® is a new innovative system that encourages both the driver and cyclist to work together to avoid collisions. The driver has full visibility of a cyclist in a blind spot, through cameras and sensors and a cyclist is alerted when a vehicle intends to turn left across their path through flashing lights, a HALO® glow and audio warning. This combination greatly reduces the chances of an incident occurring, encouraging the driver to avoid the cyclist and the cyclist to avoid placing themselves in a dangerous position. Majority of other cycle safety systems rely solely on either the driver avoiding the cyclist or cyclist avoiding the driver, rather than cooperation between both parties.
HALO® is an innovative cyclist awareness system designed by SM UK. In 2015, there were 1,657 collisions between a cyclist and a HGV, LGV or van, with 25 of these being fatal. Upon review of these collisions, a common response from drivers was that they “failed to look properly”, causing the incident. Therefore, HALO® is designed eradicate this ‘excuse’ and ultimately, save VRU lives. It works by giving drivers full visibility down the nearside of the vehicle through cameras and sensors and notifies pedestrians and cyclists of the driver’s intentions when indicating to turn left across their path.
- 4 x High intensity LED lights
- 4 Ultrasonic Detection Sensors
- Internal warning alarm
- External audible warning alarm
- Can be paired with Camera system to further help driver