First-of-a-kind tail-lift immobiliser fitted to motorway services vehicle28 July 2022
Vehicle safety solutions provider Motormax has collaborated with highway service provider Ringway Jacobs and traffic management vehicle specialist Acklea to immobilise the vehicle if the tail-lift were not stowed correctly. Motormax’s pioneering solution is said to be the first of its kind.
Clive Brocklehurst, Acklea product manager, commented: “The products we needed were not available and Motormax was the only company that came back with a solution. Without the expertise of Motormax, this project wouldn’t have gone forwards and their pioneering technology meant we could meet Ringway Jacob’s high standards.”
The interlock system immobilises the vehicle when the tail-lift is not stowed. Safetymax technology also delivers an image and a spoken voice warning which alerts the driver. Warnings were also installed to the near and offside doors, handbrake and seat belt. Other Safetymax technology on the vehicle includes a 360-degree parking sensor system which activates below 10mph, and a live DVR system which delivers footage from four cameras also aiding the driver with low-speed manoeuvres from images from the nearside camera and the rear camera. All this information is delivered to the driver via the on-dash monitor. Motormax also provided an additional range of products including a driver assistance alarm installed to the handbrake, seat belt and side door, and a live forward-facing camera, all of which assist the driver when manoeuvring.
David Bonehill, Ringway Jacobs Head of Fleet and Plant added, “We were looking for a partner who could guarantee collaborative working and product innovation. With the benefit of designing and manufacturing their own products, elements of the safety solutions fitted to our vehicles are completely bespoke. Without Motormax’s safety system, our new traffic management vehicle could not have been commissioned into our fleet.”
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