Testing tired eyes for safety
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.