Smart glasses to test fa­tigue

Owner Driver - - News - – Cobey Bar­tels

A team of re­searchers based out of the Austin Health and In­sti­tute for Breath­ing and Sleep in Hei­del­berg, Vic­to­ria, have suc­cess­fully tested the ‘smart glasses’ used to track eye move­ments.

The test looks at the du­ra­tion of blinks and how eyes scan the road, pro­vid­ing an ac­cu­rate mea­sure of fa­tigue.

Lead re­searcher, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Mark Howard, says they are now work­ing on trans­lat­ing tech­nol­ogy cal­i­brated for each driver to a one-size-fits-all-test that po­lice could use to sci­en­tif­i­cally de­ter­mine in a road­side test if some­one is too tired to drive.

“With drug and al­co­hol test­ing, you’re try­ing to change driver be­hav­iour,” Howard says.

“You don’t need to de­tect ev­ery­one – just the tip of the ice­berg peo­ple who are very im­paired. Ed­u­ca­tion, with mea­sure­ment and en­force­ment, cre­ates the be­hav­iour change.

“We are really at the start of the jour­ney for drowsy driv­ing – peo­ple still see it as a badge of hon­our to drive while tired”.

When it comes to en­force­ment, it isn’t yet known how po­lice will ad­min­is­ter or use the re­sults or how it could af­fect the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try.

In a state­ment, Vic­to­ria Po­lice said it has “been ap­proached to be in­volved and will watch with in­ter­est a body of work be­ing un­der­taken re­search­ing a road­side test for fa­tigue.”

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