September 17, 2019

Peugeot Partner van is on a mission to end reversing accidents

Following reports that one-in-10 van accidents happen when reversing or parking, Peugeot has invited six of the UK’s tradesmen to test new safety-boosting technology on the all-new Peugeot Partner van.

Plumbers, electricians and carpenters used the Peugeot Partner van’s Surround Rear Vision to navigate, in reverse, a specially designed obstacle course made up of building site materials. Although drivers were timed as they navigated the course, the emphasis was on precision and not speed, as every mistake cost drivers an extra 20 seconds in penalties.

Dodging bricks, pallets and woodpiles, and executing difficult parking manoeuvres, the electricians came out on top, after safely navigating the course in the quickest time of 4m 49s after penalty deductions.

Peugeot’s Surround Rear Vision technology has been developed to increase all-round visibility to reduce parking and reversing accidents. Using cameras to monitor the van’s surroundings, with a video feed displayed to the driver, the technology gives drivers a wider field of vision compared to standard side-mirrors.

David Peel, managing director of Peugeot UK, said: “Today was about having a little fun with our all-new Partner van and its technology, but also highlighting a crucial safety innovation.

“More than three vans a day are involved in a parking or reversing accident, costing businesses time and money. Our Surround Rear Vision technology will undoubtedly reduce that figure as drivers have a far better view of their surroundings.”

The all-new Peugeot Partner van comes with four trim options: S, Grip, Professional and Asphalt. Surround Rear Vision comes as standard on Asphalt trim and is an optional feature across the rest of the line-up. Standard equipment also includes Peugeot’s i-Cockpit®, an overhead storage shelf in the cab, DAB radio, automatic headlights and Peugeot Connect SOS. Standard and Long body options are available with payloads ranging from 667kg to 1,050kg, depending on model.