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26 COMMERCIAL CARRIER JOURNAL | JUNE 2014 F ontaine Fifth Wheel said it is developing a new patent-pending camera system designed to make it easier for truck drivers to couple and uncouple trailers properly. The Dual Assist Camera System, scheduled for launch this fall, features two video cameras that work together to give the driver a clear picture of both the fifth wheel and approaching trailer. "Many truck elements, from trans- missions to communications devices, have evolved in recent years to be more user-friendly, but drivers still have to rely on their mirrors to line up their trailers," said Aaron Puckett, director of national fleet sales for Fontaine Fifth Wheel. "Mirrors do not provide an optimal vantage point for viewing the coupling process. With our Dual Assist Camera System, you can see up-close what is really happening." The system's two cameras are mount- ed back-to-back behind the truck's fifth wheel and wired to an in-cab display, and they automatically turn on when the truck is shifted into reverse. As the tractor begins to back up to couple with a trailer, the in-cab monitor displays video from the rear-facing camera. Crosshairs are superimposed over the screen to help the driver center the vehicle properly. The two cameras are installed low on the truck's frame to help prevent dam- age from the trailer's kingpin. As the camera setup passes under the kingpin, the in-cab video feed switches auto- matically to the camera facing the fifth wheel, allowing the driver to watch the kingpin enter the fifth wheel's throat. To help keep dirt and debris from blurring the video picture, automatic shutters close over the camera lenses when the system is not in use. The cameras are heated for use in sub-freez- ing temperatures and feature lights for nighttime operation. Fontaine Fifth Wheel plans to offer the system to OEMs as a first-fit option, as well as an aftermarket accessory. – CCJ Staff Fontaine Fifth Wheel's Dual Assist Camera System is designed to make it easier for truck drivers to couple and uncouple trailers properly. Text INFO to 205-289-3554 or visit Reduce Your Fleet Costs with LUBER-FINER ® TRT TM © 2014 Luber-finer. An ISO14001 and ISO/TS16949 registered company. 200 S. 4th Street, Albion, IL 62806-1313. Proven ROI... See how much your fleet can save! Use our TRT Fleet Calculator or online at: Metering tube Protective liquid additive TRT ™ additive basket Specifically engineered, Luber-finer TRT TM (Time Release Technology) filters help reduce escalating fleet-maintenance costs and help heavy-duty fleets extend oil-change intervals by increasing the protection against oil degradation in modern diesel engines. Meets or exceeds OEM specifications for capacity, efficiency and restriction. Fontaine developing camera system for trailer coupling

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