World-first study tests distraction and fatigue in truck drivers

  • A landmark study analysing truck driver performance behind the wheel has provided a world-first window into fatigue and distraction among truck drivers.
  • With new insights from the study, for the first time, driver-monitoring technology can detect and alert both fatigue and distraction, and with greater precision.
  • Researchers tested driver-monitoring technology in working fleet trucks on the road, and in a new purpose-built truck simulator.
  • Until now, this type of technology has never been used to generate this depth of understanding from real truck drivers during their regular business.
  • Researchers were also able to accurately detect a drivers level of fatigue while the driver’s eyes were still open, in real-time, and before a safety critical event such as a microsleep occurs.
  • The technology can now also detect where the driver is looking inside the vehicle as well as outside, in a never done before breakthrough innovation.
  • The team fitted 10 fleet trucks with the technology and monitored drivers for nine months.
  • Over 100 drivers enrolled in the study, collectively driving 22,000 trips across over 1.5 million kilometres, resulting in the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind in the world.

A landmark study analysing truck driver performance behind the wheel has provided a world-first window into fatigue and distraction among truck drivers.

A landmark study analysing truck driver performance behind the wheel has provided a world-first window into fatigue and distraction among truck drivers.

In a world-first study, researchers from Monash University’s Accident Research Centre (MUARC), in partnership with Seeing Machines, Ron Finemore Transport and Volvo Trucks Australia, tested fatigue prevention and driver-monitoring technology in working fleet trucks on the road, and in a new purpose-built truck simulator based at MUARC to measure truck driver performance.

The world-class Guardian technology, by Seeing Machines, actively monitors for and alerts commercial drivers to fatigue and distraction in real time.  In this study, Seeing Machines’ automotive grade technology was used alongside Guardian, to study driver behaviour and the team was able to accurately detect the drivers’ level of fatigue well before a safety critical event like a microsleep occurred.

They also tested distraction monitoring in real-time – and the technology can now detect where the driver is looking, in a never done before breakthrough innovation. The team also created a comprehensive distraction warning system for drivers.

With the direct input of Ron Finemore Transport, the team fitted 10 fleet trucks with the technology and monitored drivers for nine months. Over 100 drivers enrolled in the