Simon and Sylvain Fortier, owner of Ressort Robert / Traction Mégantic have more than 30 years of experience in heavy vehicle maintenance. In recent years, they have been reflecting on developing a lateral protection system for semi-trailers to improve the safety of road users (cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles) in lateral collisions.
In 2016, the two brothers decided to develop a prototype aerodynamic side protector skirt. This revolutionary product will aim to protect road users but at the same time, it improves the reduction of greenhouse gases thanks to its fuel economy.
In 2017, they approach the University of Sherbrooke to produce a wind tunnel tests to validate the gas economy of the skirt. The results were conclusive.
PHSS Fortier targets Blainville’s speedway to obtain their homologation from the Ecocamionnage program of the Government of Quebec’s Green Fund.
This entitles to a subsidy of 30% of the purchase cost (installation and equipment) up to $ 3,000.
In 2017, in collaboration with Manac, a semitrailer manufacturer, PHSS Fortier pushes the testing of its lateral protection to establish the rigidity and flexibility of the product. Our goal, to prove the straps were capable of stopping a vehicle upon a lateral impact.
Results, PHSS Fortier’s lateral protection could stop a vehicle weighing in at 3415 lbs at an impact speed of 35 miles per hour.
We officially have an American and Canadian patent.
In 2019, Vicky Bilodeau joins PHSS Fortier. Her roll, to develop sales and marketing.