Technology at the centre of new study into fatigue related car accidents
According to research by the Department for Transport’s THINK! Campaign, almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related, costing an estimated £1.6bn per year. Worryingly, about 40% of sleep-related accidents involve commercial vehicles.
The Anti Sleep Pilot device is designed to help prevent such accidents by calculating the driver’s fatigue level during journeys and maintaining alertness through simple tests, advising when to take a preventive break before the fatigue level becomes critical.
Before using the device for the first time, the driver takes a short questionnaire to find their individual risk profile. This is combined with data taken during the journey, which automatically registers via built-in sensors. The data includes time driven, time of day and reaction time to simple tests, which also serve to maintain alertness. In total, the device uses 26 scientifically validated input parameters to calculate driver fatigue.
Once a critical fatigue level approaches, the device sends a light and sound signal to let the driver know it's time to take a break. Another signal is given when ten minutes has passed and it is safe to continue driving.
The system can be used by multiple drivers and, as the dash-mounted device is attached to the windscreen with a magnetic sticker, no installation process is required.
‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the response that Anti Sleep Pilot has had in Denmark and the US,’ said Troels Palshof, CEO and founder of ASP Technology. ‘It’s clear that we have hit on a problem which is found throughout the world. Driver fatigue causes too many deaths in the UK. By launching the ASP in the UK now, we hope that we can help reduce this sad figure and make motorists more attentive to their tiredness levels.’
The Anti Sleep Pilot costs £129.95 and is available at www.amazon.co.uk