Smart steer­ing wheel takes fa­tigue prize

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Aug­mented In­tel­li­gence team wins the ATA’s Fa­tigueHack event

WHAT IF, in­stead of a driver get­ting too tired to drive and hav­ing to sol­dier on look­ing for a place to park, you could re­li­ably warn them they will reach that level of fa­tigue 30 min­utes be­fore they get there?

That’s the goal of the Aug­mented In­tel­li­gence team, which won the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fa­tigueHack event, held on the fringes of the ATA’s Truck­ing Aus­tralia 2018 event, with the idea to mon­i­tor a driver’s heartrate through ECG de­vices im­planted in the steer­ing wheel.

The Fa­tigueHack event was what is known in IT cir­cles as a hackathon, a mod­ern in­dus­try event where ex­perts from dif­fer­ent fields gather groups to­gether to gen­er­ate and test cre­ative ideas to help fix com­plex prob­lems.

Aug­mented In­tel­li­gence, made up of en­trepreneurs and health clin­i­cians from Can­berra and Bris­bane, won $6,000 and the right to work the idea through with the CBR In­no­va­tion Net­work over the next year.

Team spokesman An­drew Hammond tells ATN that many of the del­e­gates he spoke to felt the pre­dic­tive as­pect of the idea was what would help the most.

“Our view was if we can pre­dict when they are go­ing to hit that fa­tigue point and tell them where there are ap­pro­pri­ate places to stop, that gives them a lot more con­trol over where they are go­ing to stop and to con­trol that fa­tigue,” Hammond says.

Us­ing a med­i­cal-grade ECG ma­chine will help to sam­ple the heartrate at about 250 sam­ples per sec­ond, en­abling the ma­chine to mon­i­tor the on­set of fa­tigue as well as other health met­rics, such as risk of stroke or heart at­tack.

Hammond says the con­cept was “def­i­nitely go­ing to be more than an idea”, adding that the group ul­ti­mately hoped to make the con­cept a saleable prod­uct.

“To keep us hon­est, and to give us a goal, I want to present our find­ings and where we are up to at [Truck­ing Aus­tralia 2019] next year,” he adds.

“We want to make sure that we ac­tu­ally give some­thing back and say, here is what we have found in the 12 months since the con­fer­ence and hope­fully that will be a proof of con­cept and a trial and a few other bits and pieces.

“Based on the re­cep­tion we got on the idea peo­ple in the in­dus­try I think we are onto some­thing that could ac­tu­ally help, and I think it would be a shame not to take it for­ward.”

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