Stoneridge cameras improve safety for KLLM and FFE

  • March 1, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

KLLM Transport Services and Frozen Food Express (FFE) Transportation plan to make Stoneridge’s MirrorEye camera monitor part of the specification for all new vehicles with an expectation to achieve 1000 installations this year.

Michigan-based Stoneridge designs and makes engineered electrical and electronic vehicle systems. KLLM Transport Services is one of the largest temperature-controlled truckload carriers in the USA, and FFE Transportation claims to be the largest temperature-controlled less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier in the USA, together comprising more than 3500 power units.

“MirrorEye represents a tremendous step forward in terms of technical sophistication for the KLLM and FFE fleets,” said Wilson Risinger, vice president at KLLM and FFE. “Throughout the validation period, our drivers have told us that the reduction of blind spots, better night vision and visibility in inclement weather situations, along with the ability to see the end of the trailer consistently through turns, have made operations less stressful and, most importantly, safer. We are also pleased to demonstrate our commitment to safety, while reducing the carbon emissions associated with transporting our customer’s goods. We look forward to incorporating MirrorEye on all new truck builds and retrofitting a significant number of our existing trucks with the technology in the near-term.”

MirrorEye is a camera monitor system that has received an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) allowing MirrorEye-equipped trucks to operate on the road without mirrors, improving visibility and aerodynamic efficiency.

MirrorEye replaces a lorry’s mirrors with external digital cameras encased in roof-mounted folding wings and high-resolution displays mounted on the A-pillars inside the cab. Features include heated lenses, active colour night-vision, automated panning to keep the trailer wheels in view, enlarged zoom views and infra-red spotlight for improved docking visibility, and optional video recording.

“Our goal at Stoneridge is to improve safety for everyone on the road, and KLLM and FFE’s decision to specify MirrorEye equipment across its fleets is a demonstration of the tremendous value proposition that MirrorEye brings to the market,” said Jim Zizelman, CEO of Stoneridge. “We look forward to working with KLLM and FFE on continued improvements in safety, efficiency and driver satisfaction.”

Stoneridge, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is an independent designer and manufacturer of engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for the automotive, commercial vehicle, motorcycle, agricultural and off-highway vehicle markets.

Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, KLLM offers a range of transportation services including over-the-road (OTR), regional, dedicated, intermodal, expedited teams and logistics. It services some of North America’s largest brands and has done so for 61 years since its founding in 1962.

Headquartered in Lancaster, Texas, FFE offers a range of transportation including multi-temperature (frozen and cooler), local, regional, OTR, dedicated transportation and cold storage warehousing across 18 service centres nationwide. It was founded in 1943.