With the growing importance of satellite navigation systems in vehicles, many manufacturers are developing technologies to incorporate driver fatigue alerts into existing systems. These alert systems work by sending a text message or an email to the vehicle’s owner if the driver fails to meet a minimum required driving time. The messages can also be sent to a cellular phone or personal computer. Most systems are easy to install and can be integrated with other automotive devices such as odometers and fuel monitors. Most of these alerts provide vehicle information such as speed, distance, direction and other vehicle data that can be important for a safe driver to meet their obligation to safely drive a vehicle.
Vehicle risk management is one important application of driver fatigue monitoring. Since the number of drivers on a fleet is always fluctuating, a vehicle risk management system can easily detect when too many drivers are being logged onto the system. This will cause an automatic message to be sent to the driver commanding them to take a break. The automatic reminder is sent two or three times a week depending on the size of the fleet. If the driver fails to comply, the alert is again sent to the driver and this cycle continues until the proper driver rest is taken.
Fleet managers can use driver fatigue monitoring to find out which drivers are taking too much time driving and adjust their driving time to match the optimum performance level for the vehicle. This is especially useful in large fleets, where a small error in judgment or poor performance can cause a huge delay in a driver’s journey. A simple algorithm alerts the fleet manager when a driver is not meeting the required minimum driving time. This can greatly reduce the delays in a production line as the crew can return to the production floor with the required products and start working again. These alerts can also be sent to the company’s central control system or directly to the drivers.