Most of you will be familiar with the dual-camera (driver- and road-facing) techs that have been around quite a while now in various permutations in trucking. Most of you, furthermore, judging by our recent polling, are running with some kind of camera system in the truck, mostly the forward-facing variety. (See poll module at bottom for most recent results.)
I’ve lately been deep in a story that will air in our September issue, about the advancement in camera techs that are headed down a path toward, in various ways, what might seem to be a safety holy grail: being able to deliver observations of drivers and context around events where fatigue is at issue — and perhaps help the driver him/herself recognize them in the moment and take action where he/she might otherwise not.
At once, if I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times — a professional who makes his living behind the wheel is of necessity concerned with safety in a paramount way, and well knows when fatigue is beginning to present an issue! Granted its possible, however, to miss signs and symptoms, and given the growing penetration of lane-departure warnings and active-braking techs in newer trucks, I’m curious to hear from anyone among you with experience with monitoring technologies that deliver in-cab warnings. Have they ever saved your bacon or mostly been just a nuisance? Or, as goes such binaries most often in life, somewhere in between?
The image above illustrates a bit of what the somewhat new Netradyne company is working on, and Australia-headquartered Seeing Machines is already deploying, a two-cam system that purports to capture fatigue incidents, rumbling the seat and delivering other warnings in high-severity events. They’ve not gotten the ear of a great many trucking fleets in the U.S., but the American Trucking Associations recently added the company’s Guardian system to its featured product program.