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New camera technology for Victorian ambulances

Ambulance Victoria
Photo: A new view at Ambulance Victoria
Innovative reversing camera technology is being rolled out in new ambulances across Victoria.

The technology, designed to provide paramedics driving ambulances with a clearer view of the rear cabin, is already installed in about 50 new ambulances across the state.

Paramedics driving ambulances already view reversing camera vision directly on the rear vision mirror instead of on the dashboard.

Under the new system, the images on the rear vision mirror will automatically switch from reversing vision to the interior view of the rear compartment when the ambulance is moved from reverse into drive.

Ambulance Victoria says there is no camera located in the back of the cabin, instead a camera in the front of the vehicle provides the driver with a view that’s the same perspective as the rear vision mirror - albeit an improved view.

The camera does not record any images but instead displays real-time images to the ambulance driver.

The technology is being rolled out only in new ambulances as they enter the fleet after a successful trial of the technology in five ambulances last September.

The Victorian initiative is possibly the first time reverse camera technology has been used to provide ambulance drivers with vision of the rear ambulance compartment.

Ambulance Victoria operational logistics manager Elizabeth Punton said the organisation is upgrading its reversing camera technology in stretcher ambulances to an integrated multimedia rear vision mirror.

“This safety initiative has been undertaken at no additional cost following an extensive trial,” she said. 

“It is not a recording device and is only used to provide real-time images to the paramedic who is driving in the same way as a rear vision mirror does but with improved visibility into the rear compartment, as well as doubling up as a reverse camera when reversing the vehicle.”

Ms Punton said the initiative was designed to assist Ambulance Victoria to provide the safest possible workplace for its paramedics.

“Improved vision of the rear compartment of ambulances will improve security and aid communication between paramedics when patients are being treated and transported,” she said.

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