Stoneridge was presented the Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for its MirrorEye Camera Monitor System during the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
MirrorEye CMS was the first camera monitor system to receive a federal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, allowing MirrorEye-equipped trucks to operate on the road with an integrated system of cameras and digital displays as an alternative to conventional mirrors. The system eliminates driver blind spots, provides an improved field of view and increases safety.
Sponsored by LaunchIt Public Relations, the Jim Winsor Technical Achievement Award honors the highly respected, long-time truck journalist James W. Winsor, who passed away in 2015. Jim served as editor-in-chief at Commercial Carrier Journal and executive editor at Heavy Duty Trucking. He was also very active in the American Trucking Associations Technology & Maintenance Council and its forerunner, the Maintenance Committee.
“Since 1991, the North American Truck Writers (originally called the Truck Writers of North America), an organization of trucking industry writers and editors, has identified and evaluated new products and technologies that embody innovation, vision, technical achievement and applicability to the industry.
The truck writers committee also honored four other products, which were awarded a Top 5 for 2020 trophy, including:
- Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Intellipark – The electronic parking brake system improves safety by preventing roll-away events by automatically applying parking brakes. It also prevents tire and driveline damage by automatically releasing trailer brakes when the vehicle is in motion.
- Chevron Delo 600 – The engine oil, a low sulfated ash formulation, reduces the rate of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) clogging to extend service intervals, lowers the need for active regeneration events, which cuts fuel consumption, and could enable improvements in DPF design.
- Link ROI Cabmate – The electronically controlled infinitely variable cab suspension improves ride quality and driver satisfaction. It protects the cab structure by controlling stress that can lead to higher maintenance costs and enhances safety by increasing vehicle stability and providing a more restful sleep for team drivers.
- SAF-Holland SMAR-te Tire Pilot – The tire inflation management system optimizes tire pressure based on axle load to maximize tire life. It improves safety under light loads by optimizing the tire contact patch for better traction, while cushioning the vehicle and cargo when lightly loaded.
Technical Achievement Award committee members included John Baxter, freelance technical writer; Tom Berg, Construction Equipment and Land Line; Jason Cannon, Commercial Carrier Journal; Seth Clevenger, Transport Topics; John Hitch, Fleet Owner, James Menzies, Truck News; Jason Morgan, Fleet Equipment; Jack Roberts, Heavy Duty Trucking; Erica Schueller, Fleet Maintenance, John G. Smith, Today’s Trucking; Suzanne Stempinski, Land Line (retired), chaired by Jim Park, a contributor to Today's Trucking and Heavy Duty Trucking magazines.
“Recognition by this award is confirmation of MirrorEye’s significant impact on the industry, and reinforces our commitment to providing innovative technology solutions for years to come,” said Jon DeGaynor, president and CEO of Stoneridge. “Stoneridge is dedicated to applying our expertise and in-depth knowledge of commercial vehicle systems to ensure safety and efficiency on the road.”
MirrorEye was also honored as a Top 20 Product of 2020 by Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine, awarded the 2019 Technology Leadership Award for Class 8 ADAS – Blind Detection Systems by Frost & Sullivan, and named a finalist of the 2020 Automotive News PACE Awards.