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