Vernon’s Wolf Trailer Company has reached the third round of the 11th annual BCIC-New Ventures Competition, one of North America’s largest technology business idea competitions.
On Aug. 31, the top-10 contestants of the current 25 will advance to the final round, with the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of experts for a chance at a share of more than $360,000 in prizes.
Wolf Trailer is addressing the fact that B.C. has the highest fatality rates in Canada resulting from accidents between cars and trucks. One of the reasons is that many of these vehicles cannot comply with basic safety standards when carrying full loads.
Wolf Trailer has developed and tested a roll-coupling technology that enables commercial trucks and trailers to comply with safety standards in order to improve safety without reducing productivity.
Trailers typically have a very high center of gravity and roll over very easily because hitches do not transmit roll stability between vehicles. Roll-coupling technology provides roll stability and enables the truck driver to feel how unstable the trailer unit is in time to take remedial action to prevent a roll-over accident from occurring.
Also in the third round of the competition is Kelowna-based Awesense Wireless, developers of sensors to detect power loss within a electrical grid.