Grote Industries displayed its 4SEE Smart Trailer System during TMC’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., and announced a collaboration with Stoneridge Inc., a designer and manufacturer of engineered electrical and electronic vehicle systems to produce wired rear-view trailer cameras.
According to a recent release from Grote, the solution is connected through the standard J560 seven-way connector, meaning no additional front-to-rear wiring is required. The company notes that this enables real-time video directly from the back of the trailer to a video display in the cab. With the ability to integrate into Stoneridge’s entire suite of vision systems, drivers will have a greater field of view of the side and rear of the tractor-trailer.
Additionally, the company notes that the adaptable 4SEE technology allows Grote to link with proximity radar systems to alert drivers using bi-color marker lights on the front of the trailer and on the app in the cab, quickly informing them of dangers like obstacles and vehicles in the path of a backing truck or in blind spots when changing lanes.
Grote’s 4SEE Smart Trailer System connects all modules on the trailer via the 4SEE Digital Harness, enabling a hardwired connection to all smart components on a trailer. All component data is then transmitted to a single connection point–the 4SEE nose box–which can then communicate directly to the driver or the 4SEE data cloud or to a telematics provider. Additionally, Grote notes that the full system is backward compatible.