According to the CEO of Netradyne, a startup tech company, the firm has created a driver-facing camera that can be outfitted with artificial intelligence that monitors a truck driver for common signs of fatigue, including head nodding and eyelids closing. When the camera detects signs of drowsiness, it’s equipped with alarms designed to wake a truck driver up. Alarms include beeps, whistles, and even seat rumbles that alert the trucker that he or she is in danger of falling asleep.
The camera would also be linked to a computer that automatically reports “fatigue incidents” to the driver’s company. Carriers would also have the capability to run reports to get an idea of how often their drivers are falling asleep at the wheel, when these incidents occur, and under what conditions drowsy driving tends to happen.
The company has already started testing its cameras in Australia, where semi-trucks are using the cameras to gather preliminary data about the system’s effectiveness.