IDClear hopes to reduce bin lorry-related accidents and theft
Innovative Safety Systems (ISS), in partnership with Amey, has launched IDClear - technology designed to reduce HGV theft and accidents.
Targeted at the refuse collection sector, IDClear secures vehicles when they’re stationary and powering equipment that runs off the engine, such as bin lifts. When the driver leaves the cab IDClear ensures the truck is immobilised and its handbrake automatically applied.
Drivers need to be identified via a keypad or covert actuator in order to re-enter. All of the technology is powered by a safety control unit which, ISS claims, includes “innovative safety features and monitoring systems that protect against external influences, internal component failure and sabotage”.
ISS CEO Gavin Thodey, claimed that the firm “incorporated extra safety checks into IDClear, which make it much more advanced than other products in the market place. There is a built-in black box recorder to gather data like when RFID tags are presented or when the park brake was applied. This information can be interrogated in the event of an incident”.
Biffa’s RCV fleet in Waverly was one of the first to fit the system, while another company equipped it after trials carried out on 10 of its vehicles revealed the parking brakes were left off over 11 times a day.
Designed in the UK by the Pershore-based company, IDClear consists of two components that can be sold separately - for example, IDClear’s anti-roll away immobiliser without the driver recognition software, is £1,400. It will cost £1,700 to specify the full package, however.
ISS will install the system at an operator’s site and IDClear is covered by a three year warranty.
Nikola Motor and IVECO launch the Tre, a zero emission joint venture truck
Nikola Motor and IVECO have unveiled the zero emission TRE tractor unit, the product of a joint venture between the two companies.
Manufactured by IVECO, the truck is based on the S-Way tractor unit, and uses a choice of two Nikola zero emission drivelines. First deliveries of the battery electric TRE will commence in 2021, with a hydrogen fuel cell version following two years later.
Its reveal comes just 100 days after IVECO invested $250m (£190m) in the Arizona start-up company.
Speaking at the launch, Nikola’s founder and CEO Trevor Milton, said: “We only signed the paperwork with IVECO three months ago, and our teams, without sleeping, have manged to pull this off. Other OEMs would take three years to put a programme like this together. If we can do this in three months, just think what we can do together in three years.”
While badged as Nikola, the trucks will be sold and maintained through IVECO’s European dealer network. While prices are yet to be unveiled, Milton assures us that total cost of ownership will be better than, or at least comparable to diesel-powered trucks. In the USA, Nikola trucks will be leased to customers on a seven-year 700,000 mile basis, which will include the supply of hydrogen. Nikola and IVECO are expected to go down a similar route in Europe.
Milton hit out at established truck makers, who he accused of being arrogant, and of lying to European legislators about their inability to meet future emissions target. “We are here to help the legislators. They can mandate zero emissions. It’s ready,” he said. “Nikola is coming into Europe like a freight train. It’s a powerful unstoppable force.”
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