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