Published: October 30, 2014 | Germany
Velvac announced that it has acquired the operations and major assets of Qualnetics Corporation, a company in connected vehicle technologies. The new company will operate under the name of Road-iQ, LLC, and will remain based in Bellingham, Wash., led by Qualnetics Corporation founder Mark Moeller.
Road-iQ provides software and hardware systems for commercial and recreational vehicle fleet management, communications, and safety. Its flagship product, the Road-iQ VideoData Server, developed in partnership with Velvac, networks various data sources in the vehicle, including multiple on-board video cameras, and then communicates that information in real time to a tablet computer, providing recording and playback for training, security, and liability protection, as well as wireless communication to telematics service providers and fleet managers.
“The addition of the Road-iQ team and technology represents a logical progression of Velvac’s commitment to innovative vision systems that improve driver safety and well-being. Velvac takes the trend toward connected vehicles a step further by adding a unique blind-spot vision system that streams real-time video from on-vehicle cameras.” – Jeff Porter Velvac President and CEO
Since launching its first integrated camera/mirror vision system in 2006, Velvac has introduced a variety of electronic vision technology designed to improve driver safety.
Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Center for Transit Research have documented the driver decision-making improvements made possible by remote camera views of the vehicle’s blind spots. In addition, the recording and wireless communication of video and other vehicle data provide an opportunity for effective driver training and increased liability protection. In certain vehicle applications, the ability to remotely view live camera views of the vehicle and playback “flagged event” data offers important security protection for valuable assets.