Enfield Council has had AI-powered vehicle cameras fitted on its first fully-electric refuse collection vehicle (eRCV).

The council worked closely with its video telematics partner VisionTrack to install the cameras on its new Renault E-Tech D Wide 26-tonne truck.

‘Our aim was to develop an electric RCV of the future that brings together class-leading technologies and helps achieve sustainability, duty of care and road safety goals,’ said Cllr Rick Jewell, cabinet member for Environment at Enfield Council.

‘The collaboration with VisionTrack will provide increased protection to our residents, refuse collection teams and other road users.’

The video telematics solution combines four AI cameras, for 360-degree vision and vulnerable road user (VRU) detection, along with two wing mirror cameras and an external speaker for audible lefthand turn warnings.

The intelligent detection cameras use deep learning technology to identify pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and people on scooters, while disregarding street furniture.

Richard Kent, president of Global Sales at VisionTrack commented: ‘As a longstanding partner of Enfield Council, we have been supporting their road safety strategy for a number of years with our proven video telematics technologies.

‘This latest initiative uses the latest advances in AI to deliver a ground-breaking solution for a revolutionary waste collection vehicle. It will demonstrate the potential of intelligent camera solutions – especially for heavy vehicles in the urban environment – in terms of 360 visibility, people detection and fleet risk reduction.’

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