Guardian An­gel

Mon­i­tor­ing 100 driv­ers over sev­eral months us­ing the lat­est Guardian in-cab tech­nol­ogy, the Ad­vanced Safe Truck Con­cept (ASTC) project stud­ied driver be­hav­iour with the aim to im­prove road safety and in­flu­ence a re-think of pro­fes­sional driv­ing reg­u­la­tion

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The Ad­vanced Safe Truck Con­cept project stud­ied driver be­hav­iour with the aim to im­prove road safety

Fa­tigue and driver dis­trac­tion are two of the most no­to­ri­ous con­trib­u­tors to road ac­ci­dents, prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties world­wide to im­ple­ment reg­u­la­tions and poli­cies that en­cour­age the use of road safety and fa­tigue man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies.

In Aus­tralia, a re­cent study tested the suc­cess, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and ben­e­fits of us­ing an in­no­va­tive driver mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem that aims to de­tect driver fa­tigue and dis­trac­tion. The $6.5 mil­lion co-op­er­a­tive re­search cen­tre project, ti­tled the ‘Ad­vanced Safe Truck Con­cept’ (ASTC), was funded by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment in part­ner­ship with Can­berra-based driver mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy com­pany See­ing Ma­chines, the Monash Uni­ver­sity Ac­ci­dent Re­search Cen­tre (MUARC), Ron Finemore Trans­port Ser­vices and Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia.

The project in­volved study­ing driver be­hav­iour over many months us­ing the lat­est in-cab driver mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy from See­ing Ma­chines. The re­search team fit­ted 10 of Ron Finemore Trans­port’s trucks with the Guardian sys­tem, mon­i­tor­ing 100 driv­ers over a pe­riod of nine months. The par­tic­i­pat­ing driv­ers col­lec­tively made 22,215 trips across more than 1.7 mil­lion kilo­me­tres, lead­ing to the largest and most com­pre­hen­sive study any­where in the world.

“The project has re­sulted in the pi­o­neer­ing of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy that po­si­tions Aus­tralia as a leader in driver mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion,” See­ing Ma­chines pro­gram lead Dr Mike Lenné says.

“It will al­low Aus­tralia to in­flu­ence the global ap­proach to the reg­u­la­tion of pro­fes­sional driv­ing and im­prove heavy ve­hi­cle safety. This is a great ex­am­ple of in­dus­try work­ing to­gether, with the sup­port of our gov­ern­ment, to en­hance safety with a proven pol­icy ap­proach and see it put into prac­tice.”

GUARDIAN TECH­NOL­OGY

See­ing Ma­chines pro­vides in­dus­try-lead­ing fa­tigue preven­tion and driver mon­i­tor­ing tech­nolo­gies for the local and in­ter­na­tional com­mer­cial trans­port sec­tor.

Its Guardian sys­tem uses ad­vanced com­puter vi­sion tech­nol­ogy to ob­serve and min­imise driver fa­tigue and dis­trac­tion events, and as­so­ci­ated ac­ci­dents in com­mer­cial fleet ap­pli­ca­tions. The sys­tem de­liv­ers an in­tel­li­gent driver safety tech­nol­ogy that uses in-cab sen­sors to mon­i­tor the driver’s lev­els of fa­tigue and dis­trac­tion, in real time. The tech­nol­ogy sys­tem con­sists of small cam­eras and con­nected sen­sors that are sen­si­tive enough to de­tect blink­ing of eyes, head po­si­tion, and where the driver is look­ing.

Words | An­jali Behl

The study in­volved mon­i­tor­ing 100 driv­ers over nine months us­ing the lat­est Guardian in-cab tech­nol­ogy

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