Test­ing tired eyes for safety

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VICROADS and Monash Univer­sity will de­velop a cam­era test that scanned the pupils in driv­ers’ eyes to de­tect signs of tired­ness in the hope this would re­duce fa­tigue-re­lated crashes.

RACQ Head of Tech­ni­cal and Safety Pol­icy Steve Spald­ing said the tech­nol­ogy could have ma­jor safety ben­e­fits.

“This tech­nol­ogy helps recog­nise the early signs of fa­tigue which of­ten get missed by driv­ers,” he said.

“Fa­tigue is a ma­jor cause of se­ri­ous crashes espe­cially dur­ing long dis­tance and high­way driv­ing so tech­nol­ogy that helps com­bat in­jury and death on our roads gets the nod from us.”

If the year-long trial was suc­cess­ful, the tech­nol­ogy would re­port­edly be used by Vic­to­rian Po­lice to test for fa­tigue in er­ratic driv­ers, sim­i­lar to cur­rent drug and al­co­hol road­side screen­ing.

Mr Spald­ing said in-ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies were used in the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try, where fa­tigue man­age­ment was a ma­jor is­sue and it was start­ing to ap­pear in car brands.

“It’s al­ways good to build in new tech­nolo­gies that can make the road safe, whether that’s about mon­i­tor­ing the driver or as­sist­ing the driver to stay in con­trol,” he said.

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