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Using fatigue monitoring technology to manage driver hours

Driver fatigue management is an ongoing challenge faced by fleet managers, who have a responsibility to protect drivers and other road users from the risks associated with driving when tired.

For this reason, MiX Telematics was pleased to hear that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has recently signalled its intention to pave the way for greater industry uptake of in-cab fatigue monitoring. The NHVR want to see more trucking operators “taking the technology out of the lab and into the cab” and will be reviewing existing technologies using data gathered from current programs such as the Smart Truck program being trialled by Volvo, Ron Finemore Transport and Monash University. As a global technology partner of Seeing Machines (who are involved in the aforementioned Smart Truck programme), MiX Telematics is excited to see what results it will bring.

At a time when Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs) are a hot topic, it’s more important than ever to evaluate the future-proofed solutions available to manage fatigue. EWDs make it possible to track exact work and rest hours and minutes but this doesn’t provide fleet managers with a full understanding of the driver’s state of mind and whether or not they had a good night’s sleep. That’s where fatigue monitoring technology has more of a role to play.

As a provider of fatigue management technology, we can help fleet managers to proactively manage fatigue and keep everyone on the road safe. If addressing fatigue is an issue across your fleet and you’re looking at technology to help, download a copy of the “Is fatigue and distraction a problem across your fleet?” white paper from MiX Telematics.

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