Fa­tigue HACK for safety

Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion seeks tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tives to com­bat tired­ness

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From vi­brat­ing chairs, to glasses with sen­sors, fa­tigue pre­ven­tion tech­nol­ogy is com­ing of age in Aus­tralia.

Now, to en­sure its use in the mar­ket place, the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has called the smartest in­no­va­tors to Can­berra this April to hack through one of the truck­ing in­dus­try’s most com­plex safety is­sues – driver fa­tigue man­age­ment.

The ATA’s Fa­tigueHACK will cre­ate new tech­nolo­gies, de­signs, prod­ucts, part­ner­ships and pol­icy.

The event is set to at­tract soft­ware de­vel­op­ers, de­sign­ers, in­dus­try ex­perts, re­searchers, reg­u­la­tors and truck driv­ers.

The prizes for the best so­lu­tions will to­tal more than $10,000.

ATA chair­man Ge­off Crouch said the HACK aimed to com­pletely dis­rupt cur­rent think­ing around the way driver fa­tigue was man­aged.

“The in­dus­try and our reg­u­la­tors must keep ahead of tech­no­log­i­cal change. The hackathon par­tic­i­pants will look to cre­ate some­thing new,” Mr Crouch said.

“The cur­rent sys­tem minutely pre­scribes the hours and min­utes that driv­ers can work, but we know that 58 per cent of fa­tigue re­lated crashes oc­cur within 500 kilo­me­tres of the point of de­par­ture, well be­fore the end of a driver’s shift. We want the HACK to be the most im­por­tant devel­op­ment in truck driver fa­tigue pol­icy since pa­per-based work diaries were in­tro­duced.

“Flex­i­bil­ity in fa­tigue man­age­ment through the vol­un­tary use of tech­nol­ogy will not only re­sult in bet­ter out­comes for road safety but will also en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity, which is vital to our in­dus­try.

“It’s time to find a tech so­lu­tion that can help driv­ers recog­nise and man­age their own per­sonal fa­tigue, as a vol­un­tary al­ter­na­tive to writ­ten work diaries,” he said.

An­drew Ross­ing­ton, Vice Pres­i­dent Trans­port from Tele­trac Nav­man, said those at the com­pany were de­lighted to spon­sor Fa­tigueHACK.

The top three teams will pitch their so­lu­tions to del­e­gates at the ATA’s event for in­dus­try lead­ers, Truck­ing Aus­tralia 2018, as part of a free-wheel­ing ses­sion that will de­cide the in­dus­try’s way for­ward on driver fa­tigue.

PHOTO: JARRARD POT­TER

FA­TIGUE ZONE: A road sign at Tyn­dale en­cour­ag­ing mo­torists to stop, re­vive and sur­vive.

PHOTO: FILE

ATA chair­man Ge­off Crouch.

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