International evidence has accumulated which suggests that fatigue is a significant contributor to truck crashes. Efforts to address this have been primarily reliant on training, education, policy, procedures, and diet. Until now, drivers have been expected to manage their fatigue themselves, with no assistance from technology. It is a fact that a person reaches a point of fatigue where he can no longer make informed decisions regarding his own fatigue levels. This “point” is extremely difficult to predict and catches us unawares.
Fatigued drivers can drift in and out of lanes or can veer off the road, vary their speed unpredictably and are unable to react in time to other drivers’ behaviour or other road hazards.
Seeing Machines research and development has built an industry-leading portfolio of image processing capability related specifically to face and eye tracking, and automatic reporting and mitigation.
The research underpinning Seeing Machines’ Guardian spans more than eight years of testing, field studies and industry usage and development in the mining and transportation sectors.
Our advanced proprietary face and eye-tracking algorithms measure eyelid closure, blink rate and position of the driver’s head. Head movements that exceed the set parameters determined by your company activate an event.
Driver-Facing: The system runs on a suite of sophisticated infrared sensors that sit in the driver’s cab to detect fatigue and distraction.
Road-Facing: BlackVue Forward-Facing Camera with wide angle lens captures the surrounding environment.
Guardian’s™ in-cab sensor system detects eye closure due to fatigue and driver inattention, alerting the driver with an audio alarm and vibrating seat when an event occurs.
At the heart of Guardian is the SafeGuard Centre. Data from fatigue and distraction events is transmitted for immediate analysis by our specialists.
Events are evaluated and, if action is required, your on-call manager is immediately notified before an incident occurs.
Ongoing data reporting on events and trends across your fleet is part of our SafeGuard Program. We work with your business to constantly evolve a process and policy optimization plan. With the implementation of Guardian and the SafeGuard Program, fleet operators maintain up to a 80% reduction in fatigue and distraction events.