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Driver Fatigue/Inattention Monitoring Device: An Integrated System for Heavy Trucks

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Christopher W. Ferrone, Charles Sinkovits

Triodyne Inc.

Paper No. IMECE2005-79033, pp. 3-8; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2005-79033
From:
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Engineering/Technology Management
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Engineering and Technology Management Group
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4230-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

The National Transportation Safety Board has reported statistics which indicate that 31% of all fatal-to-the-truck driver accidents occur due to fatigue/inattention [1] and 58% of all single-vehicle large truck crashes were also fatigue related [2]. If these numbers can be reduced, many lives can be saved. A Driver Fatigue Monitoring System has been designed and built to monitor whether a driver is sleeping or inattentive. This integrated system monitors the steering input behavior of the driver during a specified period of time. If the number of steering inputs is below the expected predetermined threshold, the system activates an audible alarm and light in the cab, waking the driver. Furthermore, this system can deactivate cruise control as well as activate various other preprogrammed truck systems or components to further aid in the control of the truck and to alert nearby motorists.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME

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