In Europe, every year there are almost 3,000 fatalities and 100,000
injuries in road traffic accidents directly attributed to drivers
following too closely to the vehicle in front. One major factor
is the driving population's lack of knowledge of vehicle stopping
distances at different speeds. The other is the drivers’ inability
to judge such distances accurately.
A recent study showed that only 9% of drivers could get to within
10% of the correct braking distances for a car moving at 30mph,
50mph and 70mph. Further, only 5% of motorists could get close to
judging how far this distance was in real terms when asked to mark
them out. The majority of drivers (66%) underestimated the distance
involved - some by up to 75 percent.
The TailGuardian system uses specially designed 'intelligent' signs
that can be quickly and easily applied to the rear of vehicles.
When following a vehicle displaying such signs, a warning will reveal
itself to other drivers who are following too closely.
The concept works by using filtering algorithms to enhance parts
of the sign at the perception threshhold which the brain “ignores”
beyond a specific distance. By calibrating the images differently,
each “warning sign” becomes “pre-programmed”
to appear at a correctly set safety distance, whilst remaining apparently
“invisible” outside that distance.
The medium of delivery - as an inexpensive, adhesive sign - makes
the TailGuardian a simple option for employers, manufacturers, drivers,
fleet managers and insurers to protect their staff, passengers,
goods and vehicles.
See for yourself...
Take a couple of steps back from your screen to see
the back off message disappear/reappear