Researchers at Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Melbourne are using vehicle simulators to investigate fatigue in the trucking industry.
The technology is being used to develop vehicle safety technologies that will hopefully help to reduce the road toll.
The research is a joint project between transport company Ron Finemore Transport, truckmaker Volvo and technology company Seeing Machines.
The project involves drivers taking part in 2 separate 2 hour sessions, one after a regular night’s sleep and one after a completely sleepless night. This allows researchers to examine how the body functions when drowsy as compared to how it functions when well rested, as well as what kind of technology can address these symptoms.
The aim of the project is to make current fatigue technology more proactive, moving beyond just detecting micro-sleep or distraction events but also predicting when they are about to take place and how to prevent them from happening. Read more about the research at: https://www.fullyloaded.com.au/industry-news/1812/the-brain-game-truck-simulator-research