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ACSS Progressive Safe System

ACSS 2 Camera System

An AI camera solution for compliance with DVS Phase II.

Front blind spot and nearside wide angle HD cameras linked to an internally stowed AI processing box. Linked to internal monitor and in cab visual and audio alert.

  • Brings AI capability to traditional HD 1080p sleek low profile cameras keeping accidental damage replacement costs to a minimum.
  • Constant video scene analysis of front and nearside blindspots identifys VRU’s as they enter the calibrated danger zones.
  • Records detection events to internal SD card storage.
  • Tested and accredited to UNECE Reg 151 / 159 on BSIS & MOIS.

Vehicle Applications: Rigid & Articulated HGVs

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ACSS 3 Camera System

An AI camera solution for compliance with DVS Phase II.

Dual lens nearside high mounted camera and front mounted fish-eye camera. Linked to internal monitor & in cab audio and visual alert.

  • Dual lens camera offering excellent Birdseye coverage of nearside blindspot.
  • AI processing contained within the camera for less intrusive installation.
  • Extended camera makes solution well suited to wider bodied vehicles.
  • Tested and accredited to UNECE Reg 151 / 159 on BSIS & MOIS.

Vehicle Applications: Rigid & Articulated HGVs

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Variable audible and visual in cab alerts

As a VRU is picked up by the AI camera it will be highlighted on the in-cab monitor by boxing the hazard. This is accompanied by an alert to the driver. With colour coded ‘traffic light’ detection zones the more imminent a collision gets the more severe the alert.

Video scene analysis for accurate VRU detection.

The high-resolution AI cameras scan vehicle blind spots for the human frame (head, neck & shoulders) and are able to distinguish between a human being and non, such as street furniture or cars, whether in motion or stationary.

Auto Switch-off / Auto mute

Detections and alerts can be switched off in line with vehicle speed and during pre-set time periods. Achieved using GPS or Can Bus integration.

Notification of system failure.

Custom alerts for any camera failure or signal loss at system start-up.

Progressive Safe System Requirements

The Progressive Safe System is becoming the new safety standard for DVS.

From October 2024 TfL is changing the requirement for vehicles entering the London area. Vehicles over 12T GVW entering the London area will still require a Safety Permit to avoid incurring a fine of £550.

The parameters of the DVS Phase 2 are different:

  • The scope of the system is expanding meaning more vehicles will require additional safety equipment to be fitted. Vehicles 1 & 2 star rated will now need additional equipment, whereas previously this only applied to 0 star.
  • The safety equipment required is moving from a DVS Safe System to a DVS Progressive Safe System. Vehicles currently fitted with DVS Safe Systems will need to upgrade to a Progressive Safe System(PSS).
  • Vehicles with a star rating of 0 to 2 stars will need to apply for a new safety permit under DVS Phase II when applications open in June 2024. Vehicles with a 3 – 5 star rating with a current safety permit will have their permit automatically updated, with the duration of validity remaining the same as their current permit.
  • The application process under the new system is much the same. Operators must supply pictures of their vehicles, along with an accompanying Sensor Functionality Statement.

FAQs

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Fitting a Progressive Safe System will not change the star rating of your vehicle.

Whilst a vehicle with a star rating 0 – 2 stars will now require a Progressive Safe System fitted before October 2024; the star rating will not change. The star rating is allocated at point of manufacture and does not change. Fitting a Progressive Safe System and submitting the correct documentation to TfL (from June 24 onwards) will allow 0 – 2 star rated vehicles to achieve a DVS Phase 2 Safety Permit.

TfL applications under DVS Phase 2 are open from June 2024

Applications for Safety Permits under DVS Phase 2 can be made from June 2024. The enforcement of DVS Phase 2 will commence from October 2024. All vehicles, regardless of star rating will have to apply under the new system. You can get ahead by fitting a PSS system now and apply under the current DVS system, but you will still need to reapply (FOC) from June 24 onwards.

FAQ

  • Sensors v radar v AI cameras?

    The debate over the capabilities of both will continue to rage. Whilst it seems agreed that ultrasonic sensors are not intelligent enough to fulfil the requirements, radar or microwave sensors may determine the difference between a pedestrian and street furniture. Detecting a VRU approaching a stationary vehicle represents a different challenge, and the ability of a sensor to pick-up a protective clothed and helmeted motorcyclist or hooded pedestrian is debateable. ACSS supply a tested AI camera solution. Cameras which run video scene analysis on the blind spot area and pick out the human frame (shoulders, head, neck) offer the best method of detection by alerting the driver and displaying the view on an in-cab monitor. Cameras may get dirty and need cleaning yes, but there’s no arguing with what you can see with your own eyes on a screen! 

  • But the TfL specifications mention sensors, not AI cameras?

    TfL’s Guidance For Operators and technical Specifications on BSIS & MOIS do make reference to ‘sensor systems, but equally reference ‘can be achieved in the way that works best for the technology supplier & the vehicle operator’ and ‘sensors or other means of technology. Cameras are the best sensor technology there is. They offer detection and full view. There is no reason to think that a AI camera solution will not be compliant with the TfL requirements. 

  • When will, and what will, the next DVS changes be?

    At the inception of the Direct Vision Standard the scheme was scheduled to be reviewed in 2024. This has now occurred with the systems and technology updated. DVS Phase 2 is due to be reviewed in 2030. Nobody know whats will happen then but it would seem with the CCTV industry moving towards AI, more of this technology will be factored in. 

  • How do I know the system is compliant and will achieve the TfL Phase 2 Safety Permit?

    TfL have supplied all the relevant guidance and technical specifications for BSIS & MOIS. A system that fulfils these detailed requirements should be compliant. Until the application system opens for DVS Phase 2 from June 24 and applications are submitted and approved there are no guarantees. A solution from a reputable supplier and a system offering UNECE Regulation 151 & 159 approval are the safest bet. The TfL technical specifications on BSIS & MOIS state ‘vehicles that are approved to UNECE Regulation 159 / 151 will be deemed to comply with all of these requirements’. 

  • Are TfL approving and ‘rubber stamping’ PSS solutions?

    TfL are not pre-approving Progressive Safe System solutions. A solution from a reputable supplier and a system offering UNECE Regulation 151 & 159 approval are the safest bet. The TfL technical specifications on BSIS & MOIS state ‘vehicles that are approved to UNECE Regulation 159 / 151 will be deemed to comply with all of these requirements’. 

  • Will TfL change the requirements or timelines of DVS Phase 2?

    It’s no secret and no surprise that there been considerable and understandable pushback from the road transport industry to the changes. The costs are significant and the timeline short. TfL have always said they will assess the readiness of the industry nearer the time and this appears to be underway. On confirmation of the proposals, a three-month grace period was offered meaning that operators who had an appointment to retrofit a PSS system to their vehicle before the October 24 deadline, would be given three months grace. There has no sign of a change to this; neither to any of the other scheme requirements or timelines. 

  • Which PSS System should I fit to my fleet?

    Technical specifications and timelines have been published by TfL since the summer of 2023. Whilst the specifications are detailed, they are not 100% clear and in places could be viewed as contradictory. This ambiguity/lack of clarity and scope of the changes has led to suppliers offering different PSS solutions. Sadly, it has also meant a lot of ‘new arrivals’ to market offering discount solutions. It would seem wise to be wary of new operators and evaluate all solutions based on merit and likelihood of fulfilling the TfL requirements rather than purely price. Long established and accredited suppliers with long standing relationships with manufacturers will bring you the compliant solutions. ACSS have designed a system not only to fulfil the TfL requirements but to exceed and offer the highest level of protection and safety for vulnerable road users (VRU) and HGV drivers.