AI Human Detection System for Construction Vehicles

First of its kind, AI Human Detection System

Vehicle safety systems from Spillard continue to set the precedent for lifesaving technology for the construction industry, and this is no different with the release of the AI Human Detection System. The system is designed to only detect the human form, using intelligent data to provide operators with a user-friendly, smart solution for removing blind spots.

This deep learning technology is the result of two years of research and development from our own in-house R&D department. Simply put, it provides vehicle operators with a complete overview of their surroundings, creating an intuitive, high quality 3D interactive operator experience that keeps themselves and workers around them safe from harm. Through improved alert systems and the eradication of blind spots, Spillard keeps on doing what it does best: saving lives.

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Spillard AI Human Detection System in action

In this video, the effectiveness of Spillard’s AI Human Detection System is demonstrated, showing how quickly the operator is alerted if an on-site worker is positioned within 5 metres of the vehicle in real time. Through deep learning technology, the operator is given full transparency of which direction on-site workers are located in, while the workers are informed when the machine can be safely approached.

The issue

According to a recent Government report, of the 123 UK workers killed in work-related accidents in 2021/22, moving vehicles accounted for 23 of those deaths.

AI Human Detection System Construction Vehicles - Government Report

As construction sites become busier with more complex builds, and with a greater collaboration of heavy plant vehicles and human interaction, it is no surprise that moving vehicles accounted for 23 deaths in 2021/2022. Clearly this is far too many, and systems need to be put in place with the necessary technology able to work towards reducing these figures.

Using our 30 years of industry experience and internal R&D department, Spillard has designed the ideal solution to target this issue.

Pete Spillard, Managing Director: “The clear risks associated with moving vehicles cannot be understated. With new risks presenting themselves year on year, we see it as Spillard’s mission to help reduce the number of accidents, both fatal and non-fatal.

Spillard Safety Systems has evolved into one of the UK’s largest vehicle safety equipment suppliers to the construction, extraction, aggregate and transportation industries, with our customers ranging from quarrying and logistic conglomerates, to original equipment manufacturers.”

Spillard Vision Studies Saves Lives

When operating vehicles on work sites, it is imperative that drivers and operators are provided with as much visibility as possible.

To start the process for installing AI Human Detection System we like to undertake our industry leading bespoke ‘Vision Studies’. These bespoke reports highlight areas of poor or no visibility on construction and mining vehicles. This free service is fundamental in providing the right solutions for your fleet that ultimately saves lives and reduces accidents.

Spillard 3-point process

1. Preparation. We produce a bespoke ‘Vision Study’ of your vehicles; we will focus on your vehicle’s vulnerabilities by identifying potential accident hot spots. You receive the study to help with driver behaviour training and direction on the correct safety equipment for your fleet.

2. Solution. We follow up by producing a detailed document that identifies the correct solutions such as 360° cameras, radar, speakers, in-cab screens, human detection devices etc. that will eliminate those blind spots on your vehicle.

Vehicle safety is not an off the shelf solution, consideration must be placed on 6 key areas, vision, detection, control, communication, warning, and data.

3. Installation. Our mobile team of technicians come to you, fit, and test all the required equipment and software, and finish by providing you with a paperless installation report with details and images that are sent directly to your phone.

Once installed an extra service is our one-year free use of our telematics system, Spillard Live. This allows you to: monitor, check route history, have prompt alerts sent directly to your phone or email, produce trend reports, examine fleet smart maintenance, vehicle tracking etc.

Construction Vision Studies
Mining & Quarrying Vision Studies

HDS application is available for all heavy plant vehicles including:

  • Bulldozers
  • Backhoe Loaders
  • Site Dumpers
  • Cranes
  • Telehandlers
  • Compactors
  • Excavators
  • Pavers
  • Rollers
  • Concrete Mixer Truck
  • HGV Tipper Truck
  • Forklift Truck
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The integration

From years of working with all levels of vehicle safety, we understand the importance of data in tackling on-site personnel safety. Our AI Human Detection System, coupled with our Spillard Live fleet management platform, not only deals with the immediate issue, but also provides you with instant warnings, reports, video, and data.

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The in-cab solution

AI Human Detection System

Operator display

User friendly systems within the cab provide both visual and audible alerts, collaborating with what the devices pick up and instantly alerting the operator with illuminated coloured sections, depending on the direction of the alert. The operator can then react quickly and accordingly.


  • Red/amber/green detection zones to support near miss reporting and critical encroachments
  • 0.5-20m detection zones
  • Active alerts when machine is in a working state
  • Speech technology
  • Error sensing and reporting
  • Designed in accordance with GB38893 and ISO16001
  • Spillard Live platform integration will enable full live and historical video analysis, near miss and encroachment reporting, and tracking capabilities


  • External ‘person detected’ speaker
  • Directional in-cab audible system
  • 360° surround view display with highlighted zone detection
  • Additional sensors for larger or complex vehicles (nine max)

The detect and alert solution

Camera detection

A HD intelligent human detection camera adopts deep learning technology to detect the human form in front of, on the side of and behind the vehicle in real time, warning operators instantly of risks of collision with nearby humans. The intelligent camera can be installed on the side, front and back of the vehicle, to detect the human form within 20 metres in real time.

This technology can be applied to both heavy plant vehicles and HGV, with the flexibility of single or multiple cameras.


  • Waterproof/dustproof rating: IP69K, with shock resistance of 5.9G
  • The detection distance of front and side view is 0.5-20m
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The complete system

Simple, yet clever

The idea of an AI Human Detection System is a straightforward one, yet it still requires advanced technology and Spillard’s knowledge base to ensure that our system only detects the human form.

AI Human Detection System - Construction Vehicles - DIGGER HDS diagram
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Spillard Live

Safe and secure UK data handling, video telematics, live monitoring, reporting and safety management

Designed for the future of connected vehicle technology

The award-winning Spillard Live cloud platform captures, processes and learns from an equally innovative video telematics system that displays real-time video and analytics from multiple cameras over a fleet of vehicles simultaneously.

All of this live data is safely stored on a UK secured system with full GDPR compliance, providing invaluable trend analysis to support higher safety standards and aiding in better driving habits and accident reduction.

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Award-winning innovative Internet of Things (IoT) platform, advanced visibility and control.

This mobile platform provides a consistent user experience wherever you are. Efficiently monitor your fleet operations from your smartphone and respond instantly by accessing video footage of any incident.

Reduce risks and improve vehicle and personnel interaction with Spillard live video telematics.

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