CM Show 2020: Keeping drivers safe with intelligent camera technology
Attendees at the CM Show can see first-hand how Lytx machine vision and artificial intelligence-powered solutions help equip fleet managers with the tools to proactively tackle some of the toughest problems facing their drivers today, such as distracted driving.
Damian Penney, vice president of Lytx Europe, said: ‘‘We’re delighted to participate in this year’s virtual Commercial Motor show where we will be discussing the solutions fleet managers can put in place to support their most important asset – the driver.
‘‘2020 has proved to be a challenging year, with many delivery vehicles under increased pressure to get goods from A to B faster, whilst also worrying about what is happening at home and with their families."
Lytx technology is validated and backed by the largest and fastest-growing driving database of its kind, which grows by more than 140,000 new driving events each day, further training and improving its algorithms.
"This data is incorporated into a system that is able to deliver greater than 95% accuracy across 60 behaviors – unmatched by competitors in the industry,” Penney went on. ‘‘Compared to other video telematics, in which event capture is triggered by accelerometers alone, Lytx MV+AI enables fleets and empowers drivers to identify and correct significantly more risk, both inside and outside of the vehicle, including smoking, eating and drinking and using a handheld device while driving.
‘‘Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that conversations about driver safety are continuing to take place and this event is the perfect arena to share industry experiences and knowledge."
Used Mercedes-Benz Antos: 12 common issues
Antos is, as we mentioned, effectively just a day-cabbed version of the Actros, and as such many of the problems to look out for are common to both.
The majority of used Antos on the UK market are rigid-bodied, so it is on those vehicles we have concentrated when compiling this list.
We’ve also retained those points which refer to older Euro-5 vehicles, having been assured by Roy Simpson that the market is still strong.
Grille-mounted radiator vents are designed to be variable, opening up as the engine warms. Issues reported with these sticking.
Bottom corner panels and front bumper are prone to damage due to being mounted so low.
3. Kerb Mirror
Kerb mirror can work loose.
Excessive use of headlight bulbs. Doesn’t affect vehicles using xenon lights, so perhaps consider changing.
Multiple reports that all Euro-5 and Euro-6 engines are sometimes prone to engine management and AdBlue warnings on the dash, which largely turn out to be AdBlue sensor issues, although some pump replacements were needed as well. Check history for replacement.
6. Rear-axle casing
A recall was issued in 2017 because some rear-axle casings were cracking and leaking oil. In some examples this even led to failure of the axle casing entirely. Check whether or not the vehicle could have been affected by this, and if the part has been replaced.
7. Fuel lines
Some very recent examples were recalled in January this year because of leakage from high-pressure fuel lines. Check whether this applies and, if so, that the problem has been fixed.
8. Cruise control
Cruise control and drivers’ side window switches prone to showing wear.
Front corner scoops near headlamps develop rattles.
The windscreen wiper motors are prone to early failure.
11. TGM module
TCM module (gearbox control) leaks air on Euro-5 and early Euro-6 models. Again, check for replacement – major VOR failure.
12. Wiring looms
Early models (pre-63 plate) had water ingress via the wiring looms, which tracked down inside and damaged ECUs. There is a fix now, but worth checking it’s been done.