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A potential role for cameras and wearables in regulating drowsy driving

Until very recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has largely ignored fatigue monitoring technology, and therefore any potential it has for a significant revision of the hours of service. Instead, regulators for decades have tinkered with the hours of service as if it were a magic template to solve the fatigue problem for every individual in every trucking application. Anyone familiar with trucking’s diverse operations and their  infinite disrupters knows this to be a pipe ...

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SmartDrive multi-cam video platform to detect fatigue/distraction

SmartDrive's new SmartSense for Distracted Driving program, available in Q1 2018, employs video/processing power to detect "distraction, inattention or drowsiness." When the system does, it "triggers a video, which is prioritized and offloaded for immediate verification and intervention."

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Truckers recognized during Driver Appreciation Week

123Loadboard is offering free annual subscriptions to 2,000 truckers, SmartDrive is recognizing drivers using its driver coaching system that are most improved, and children acknowledge their trucking families in an essay contest by Acuity Insurance.

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High-touch fatigue monitoring: Too close for comfort?

How do you feel about driver-facing cameras? Or wearable devices that assess your alertness and project how quickly it will decline?

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Don Cuddeback shows how to avoid a head-on collision

Watch: Headed toward the last stop before his ultimate destination, Fraley & Schilling driver Cuddeback was on an "access road to the plant," a pretty narrow road, and "coming around a curve here come some lights lined up square with my truck." ...

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Guy Pippin’s run-in with a distracted four-wheeler on I-49 in La.

Accident in the side-view mirror: Bulldog Hiway Express driver Pippin was northbound, approaching the scene of another accident that had occurred on the southbound side of the road, when a “brown Toyota pickup was barreling up through there and locked up the brakes and hit the trailer.”

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SmartDrive’s ‘Extended Recording’ feature enhanced; other upgrades, video mandate discussed

In a press briefing with reporters, coming just two weeks after NTSB's first call for a mandate for video recorder use, SmartDrive reps noted any mandate would be long in coming but that a belief in the power of video in highway safety "is certainly our position."

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Mere inches of a near miss: Quick evasive action saves truck from sure disaster

This dashcam vid comes from the Connecticut-based 250-truck Bozzuto's fleet. Says Tom Halpin, transportation safety manager at Bozzuto’s: "In the words of the driver," one of Bozzuto's most senior, "'I don't know if fell asleep or was distracted.' It was mere inches in a near miss."

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Post-crash litigation: Cameras and ELD evidence

Much of the monitoring equipment that many larger carriers are investing in -- from cameras to ELDs -- also gives them a critical edge in legal disputes.

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Podcast: Big data at ‘tipping point’ for new safety applications

Fatigue management and monitoring techs will become, over the next 30 years, ubiquitous in fleet trucks -- even, says safety expert Don Osterberg, in owner-operated units.

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