DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES TESTING FATIGUE MONITORING
Newbury, Ohio -- Distribution Technologies Inc. (DistTech),
an established industry leader in dedicated contract carriage,
common carriage and logistics services and returnable container
management, is testing a driver fatigue monitor with its fleet
drivers based at the company's terminal in Neville Island, Pa.
DistTech has installed the Driver Fatigue Monitor (DFM) marketed
by Pittsburgh-based Attention Technology Inc. in eight vehicles.
The DFM, which mounts on the dashboard to the right of the steering
wheel, has a compact video-based sensor that measures slow eyelid
closure associated with drowsiness. If the DFM identifies that
the driver is drowsy, the unit sounds an audible alert. "Even
though our fleet consistently posts one of the best safety records
in the industry, we feel that any accident is one too many," said
John Hazenfield, Senior Vice President/CIO for DistTech. "If the
DFM helps to prevent even one accident, it's invaluable to us
and our drivers."
"Driver fatigue is difficult for drivers to notice because it
builds slowly over an hour or so," explained Dr. Richard Grace,
CEO and Founder of Attention Technology. "The DFM can alert drivers
to impending fatigue an hour before a potentially dangerous situation.
Our device is the result of more than 10 years of research, design
and testing at Carnegie Mellon University and has been validated
by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as being able to
accurately measure drowsiness."
DistTech is in the process of evaluating the DFM based on driver
feedback and acceptance and is considering installing the unit
in all of its vehicles systemwide. The initial response from the
drivers testing the device in Neville Island has been overwhelmingly
positive. Because the DFM is portable and can be mounted in just
minutes, some of the drivers are also using the units in their
cars on the way to and from the terminal, especially at night.