Velvac, Inc and Fontaine Fifth Wheel received Heavy Duty Trucking’s Top 20 award for a jointly developed camera based vision system that assists with the tractor/trailer coupling and uncoupling process. The Dual Assist Camera Systemfeatures two video cameras that work together to give the driver a clear picture of both the 5th wheel and approaching trailer. Two cameras are mounted back-to-back behind the tractor’s 5th wheel and wired to a display in the cab — automatically turning on the back-up camera when the truck is shifted into reverse. Cross-hairs in the display assist with the proper alignment to the trailer and, as the kingpin passes over the forward facing camera, the driver is provided with an unprecedented view which assists with the proper coupling and latching of the kingpin to the 5th wheel.
Velvac, Inc., a leading manufacturer of vision systems and components for the truck, bus, recreational and specialty vehicle industries, announced today that it has acquired the operations and major assets of Qualnetics Corporation, a pioneer in connected vehicle technologies. The new company will operate under the name of Road-iQ, LLC, and will remain based in Bellingham, Wash., led by Qualnetics Corporation co-founder Mark Moeller.
“Velvac takes the trend toward connected vehicles a step further by adding a unique blind-spot vision system that streams real-time video from on-vehicle cameras.”
A recognized technology leader in the rapidly growing telematics/connected vehicle market, Road-iQ provides software and hardware systems for commercial and recreational vehicle fleet management, communications, and safety. Its flagship product, the Road-iQ VideoData Server, developed in partnership with Velvac, networks various data sources in the vehicle, including multiple on-board video cameras, and then communicates that information in real time to a tablet computer, providing recording and playback for training, security, and liability protection, as well as wireless communication to telematics service providers and fleet managers.