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68 • RV PRO • November 2018 rv-pro.com zones. It also has the ability to determine if the ambient light is low and – if there are no headlights or taillights in front – it will activate the high beams." In addition, the Mobileye system will monitor the distance in seconds from the vehicle in front and warn when the time becomes critically short; warn of an imminent collision with a pedestrian or cyclist; and notify the driver whenever the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit. As a result, Mobileye meets the National Highway Transportation Safety Admin- istration's (NHTSA's) guidelines for forward-collision and lane-departure warnings. The information is conveyed to a display mounted on the dash that provides visual alerts and auditory warnings that emit on the backside of the vision sensor. Another feature, available in OEM-installed systems, is what Wenger calls "cruise defeat." "Once the Mobileye unit has determined a danger zone, which is set by the driver, and the vehicle is in cruise-control mode, it will disengage the cruise control until that danger zone has disappeared," he explains. "Then, the driver will need to re-engage the cruise control." Wenger says that both cruise defeat and the high-beam control are not part of the standard features available on the Mobileye version sold through Mobileye dealers, and will require additional parts and labor. "This is not a DIY-type product," he stresses. O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T Vertical Expansion Wenger, who is based in Grand Rapids, Mich., says for most of the past six years, his focus has been expanding Mobileye vertically within the RV market. "Over that time, we've grown from essentially one manufac- turer to currently a total of 12 manufacturers, he says. "That's pretty good growth over a short period." He acknowledges that at present Mobileye can be perceived as a premium product and is most likely to be found on Class A motorhomes. "There are now a few Class B vehicles that receive a Mobileye unit from the factory," he says. "That isn't necessarily the case with Class C units, because that's more of a budget-minded market, so the room for this type of technology from the OEMs' standpoint isn't necessarily there." That's certainly not set in stone, though. While Winnebago Industries and Tiffin Motorhomes were among the first to adopt Mobileye works in large part thanks to a vision sensor (pictured at right) mounted to the front windshield of a motorhome. The device, which is essentially a high-speed camera, can identify vehicles and pedestrians as well lane markings and can warn drivers of dangers such as imminent collisions.

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