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Phillips Industries to Launch Trailer Back-Up Camera Rear-Vu

CEO: Production to Start at End of March; Shipments to Begin in Summer
Rob Phillips
Phillips Industries CEO Rob Phillips discusses Rear-Vu, a rear-facing trailer back-up camera. Production for Rear-Vu will begin at the end of March, with the product to launch this summer. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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NEW ORLEANS — Phillips Industries is set to begin offering a rear-facing trailer back-up camera in the coming months that the company’s top executive told Transport Topics will be its biggest-ever product launch.

The Irvine, Calif.-based component manufacturer, which focuses on products for Class 8 trucks and trailers, will begin shipping Rear-Vu in the summer, Phillips Industries CEO Rob Phillips said.

Rear-Vu can be installed on any box trailer, with installation taking about 10 minutes, the executive said. The product will offer a 170-degree view behind the trailer, with visibility of rear bumpers, doors and more than 20 feet behind the trailer, he said in a presentation, adding that there is real-time visibility with 0.25-second latency.

Phillips said about 75% of accidents involving trailers happen at low speeds, many in logistics yards.

Phillips Industries Rear-Vu

A close-up view of the Rear-Vu rear-facing trailer back-up camera. (Phillips Industries) 

“Our objective is to get back-up cameras on every trailer, something passenger cars have had for over a decade,” Phillips told reporters during a March 3 press conference at the 2024 Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.

Full production of Rear-Vu is set to start March 28 at the company’s factory in Arteaga, Mexico, and the company already is looking into starting a second production line at the same site.

The company’s order book for Rear-Vu is full through the second quarter of the year, Phillips said on the sidelines of TMC 2024. The company currently has some production capacity available in July, the executive said. It is, however, saving some capacity for specific customers.

Also at the press conference, Phillips Industries launched T/T Pair, a smart 7-way socket designed to provide reliable, instantaneous tractor-and-trailer pairing and communication. It is designed to replace the company’s existing QCS2 Socket.

T/T Pair allows the electronic logging device in the truck and the telematics systems in the trailers to capture the pairing information through a Bluetooth, low-energy interface.

The product determines whether the driver grabbed the wrong trailer or whether the relevant authorities need to be alerted, Phillips told reporters, adding that it was a “direct response to cargo theft and trailer theft.”

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