Stoneridge announced that its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) exemption for its MirrorEye Camera Monitor System (CMS) has been renewed for an additional five years.
In January, at a House of Journalists press conference during CES 2024, Jim Zizelman, Stoneridge president and CEO, indicated that the company was in active discussions with FMCS regarding an extension. Zizelman said at the time he expected an agreement soon, noting that FMCSA was "very happy" with the results the company was getting in road tests of its rear-view camera techology for heavy trucks.
Enhanced Visibility and Fuel Economy
The exemption, originally granted in 2019, allows owners of MirrorEye-equipped trucks to remove the conventional rear-view mirrors and operate with an integrated system of cameras and digital displays.
"This exemption renewal reinforces the benefits of our MirrorEye system from both a fuel economy and safety perspective," Zizelman said, announcing the regulatory extension. "MirrorEye provides enhanced, real-time visibility from nearly every angle of a commercial truck, which can reduce the frequency and severity of accidents, especially when turning, during lane changes and in close-corner maneuvers. In addition to its important safety benefits, MirrorEye-equipped trucks can achieve a 2-3% increase in fuel savings when traditional mirrors are removed, which translates to roughly 2.5 tons of CO2 reduction annually per vehicle."
MirrorEye was the first camera monitor system to receive this exemption. Since then, the company has partnered with more than 40 fleets in North America to equip the system on existing vehicles through retrofit applications. In addition, MirrorEye has been integrated on multiple original equipment commercial truck and bus platforms in North America and Europe.
"During the last five years, we've worked closely with our fleet and OEM partners to validate the benefits of MirrorEye and make it the leading camera mirror system on the market today," continued Zizelman.