Fatigue-Warning Device Testing Begins

Sept. 20, 2004
Distribution Technologies is testing a new driver fatigue-monitoring device developed by Attention Technology on eight of its trucks

Newbury, OH-based carrier and logistics provider Distribution Technologies (DisTech) is testing a new driver fatigue-monitoring device developed by Pittsburgh-based Attention Technology on eight of its trucks at its Neville Island, PA, terminal.

The Driver Fatigue Monitor (DFM) mounts on the dashboard to the right of the steering wheel and uses a compact video-based sensor that measures slow eyelid closure associated with drowsiness. If the DFM identifies that the driver is drowsy, the unit sounds an audible alert, said John Hazenfield, Sr. vp & cio for DisTech.

“Driver fatigue is difficult for drivers to notice because it builds slowly over an hour or so,” explained Dr. Richard Grace, CEO and founder of Attention Technology. “The DFM can alert drivers to impending fatigue an hour before a potentially dangerous situation.”

He added that Attention’s device is the result of more than 10 years of research, design and testing at Carnegie Mellon University and has been validated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as being able to accurately measure drowsiness.

Hazenfield said DistTech is in the process of evaluating the DFM based on driver feedback and is considering installing the unit in all of its vehicles if it gains acceptance. The initial response from the drivers testing the device in Neville Island has been overwhelmingly positive, he noted, and – as the DFM is portable and can be mounted in just minutes – some of the drivers are also using the units in their cars on the way to and from the terminal.

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry at our April 16th webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive pay...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!