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