Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. Even with the best of intentions, not everyone is immune to the siren call of their smart phone during a long and boring drive or the temptation of a quick snack to keep their energy levels up. After all, nothing much generally happens in the space of a few seconds – unless of course a car unexpectedly cuts in front of the vehicle or a pedestrian steps out onto the road. Then all hell can break loose with potential consequences that can last a lifetime for both the driver and the victims.
Preventing accidents caused by inattentive or careless drivers is of particular concern to fleet managers with multiple vehicles carrying valuable cargoes operating to demanding schedules in their charge – not just because of the risk to life and limb but also the potential insurance and repair costs that may be incurred. Continue reading Combating distracted driving with the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam
It’s a pity that CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 ended on a rather muted note as a result of mounting concerns about the Covid-19 virus. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this awesome event and get a colorful snapshot of the latest construction industry trends.
The highlight for me was the live demonstration Caterpillar gave of their latest vehicles. I was particularly impressed with how they showed the increasingly important role technology is playing in improving operator productivity and safety by enabling the real-time capture and analysis of key telematics data. Continue reading Notes from the field: CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 highlights
I’ve been to more CES and Comdex shows than I care to remember, but none of those experiences prepared me for the sheer size and scale of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. With its massive machines and huge crowds filling the indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, it more than lives up to its billing as the largest construction event in North America. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the largest of its type in the world.
The VIA booth was quite modest in comparison with those of the industry giants, but we still succeeded in attracting a lot of interest in our VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle safety systems – most notably the Dynamic Moving Object Detection and Surround View System demos at the front of it. As one guy who works in the demolition industry explained to me, cameras are the future. Once you start using machinery with them pre-installed, you soon find yourself wanting to put them in all your equipment to better monitor safety and make sure that work is being carried out according to spec. Continue reading notes from the field: first day of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020
The end of a great week at Work Truck Show 2020! This was the first time VIA has attended the event, and I was very impressed with the organization and the enthusiastic response we received from attendees who visited our booth. There is a huge pent-up demand in the market for AI systems like ours that boost vehicle safety and utilization. I’m already looking forward to returning to Indianapolis for the show next year!
The next stop on my itinerary is Las Vegas for Conexpo Con/Agg 2020, which starts next Tuesday, March 10. In addition to the product line-up we had at the Work Truck Show, we’ll be showing our new VIA Mobile360 Sense Obstacle Detection solution at our booth. Continue reading notes from the field: gearing up for Conexpo Con/Agg 2020
A busy first day at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It was very encouraging to see so much interest in our VIA Mobile360 M800 Series in-vehicle safety systems and D700 AI dash cam for fleet management applications.
It was fun, too, to walk around the show floor and take a look at the other exhibits. As naïve as it may sound, I had never realized how big some of these trucks can be before I saw them before my very eyes. Most of them are far too large for the bustling streets of Taipei. Continue reading notes from the field: Work Truck Show 2020 first day
Greetings from a grey but very friendly Indianapolis. The night receptionist at my hotel gave me such an irrepressible smile when I went down to the lobby at four o’clock this morning that I had no idea how to reciprocate it.
Today, we’ll be setting up the VIA booth for Work Truck Show 2020. Although the event kicks off today with a series of keynotes and workshops, the exhibition itself doesn’t begin until tomorrow. Our booth is located at Level 1, #5507, if you would like to stop by. Continue reading notes from the field: setting up for Work Truck Show 2020
No big surprise that there was a subdued atmosphere at the opening of Embedded World 2020 given the number of cancellations by key vendors. Fortunately, the mood lightened during the day as more and more visitors arrived.
While the show wasn’t as busy as in previous years, we had a steady stream of customers come to the VIA booth. For all the benefits of online communication, it still doesn’t fully replace old-fashioned face-face interactions. There’s no better way of understanding customer needs and building long-term relationships. Continue reading notes from the field: VIA at Embedded World 2020
Today we announced the latest addition to our growing family of VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle safety systems. The VIA Mobile360 M810 has been designed for buses, coaches, trucks and other larger vehicles, and supports up to six automotive-grade HD FOV-40° and FOV-190° cameras for the flexible integration of ADAS, SVS, DMS, and DVR features. Check out the table below for the full list of the combinations that the system supports. Continue reading notes from the field: new VIA Mobile360 M810 in-vehicle safety system
One of the core elements of our system design philosophy is to make it as easy and convenient as possible to customize it to meet specific installation requirements. This is particularly important for the highly fragmented embedded market, in which customer needs widely vary across multiple segments and usage environments. It’s one reason why, for example, we still continue to integrate support for legacy I/O standards like RS-232 many years after they have disappeared from mainstream systems and devices.
We also apply the same philosophy to the design our VIA Mobile360 systems. Just like the embedded market, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for vehicle safety. The key is to provide a reliable and flexible system platform that makes it easy to mix and match the specific SVS (Surround View System), ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), DMS (Driver Monitoring System), and DVR (Digital Video Recording) features required to meet specific deployment requirements. Depending on the size of the vehicle and the particular use cases the customer has in mind, these can vary greatly and require the integration of different cameras, sensors, and other peripherals into the system. Continue reading notes from the field: VIA vehicle safety system design philosophy
We plan to introduce a number of new products at Embedded World 2020 next week, starting with the latest addition to our highly successful family of ruggedized VIA AMOS-3000 Series systems for commercial, industrial, and embedded computing applications.
The VIA AMOS-3006 embedded transportation system continues with this tradition, sporting a tough and durable enclosure able to withstand the most challenging indoor and outdoor operating conditions and temperature ranges. With its two CAN Bus ports and integrated power module supporting a wide voltage range and smart power management for vehicles, the system is also designed for fleet management installations. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA AMOS-3006 embedded transportation system