Holiday traveling over long distances by car or any over the road driving for that matter can take its toll on any one. Meeting deadlines and trying to visit as many people as possible can often lead people to forget their basic need for sleep. Falling asleep at the wheel accounts for 100,000 police-reported crashes or an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses according to the National Highway Safety Administration. (These reported numbers are conservatively estimated since there’s no real way to attribute accurate numbers to crashes/deaths caused by sleepiness.)In 40% of fatigue-related accidents, the driver had been awake for at least 17 hours. This amount of sleep deprivation is the equivalent of having a blood-alcohol level of approximately 0.05. Either way, driving while tired is a huge risk and there is no one test that a person can take to determine how sleepy they are before they sit behind the wheel of a vehicle. Until now that is.
Intercore has recently released their Driver Alertness Detection System or DADS, which provides real time monitoring and warning system that can assist in preventing accidents caused by driver drowsiness, lack of alertness, or distractions. Operating as a cloud-based service developed by InterCore’s wholly owned subsidiary, SRG International and using sophisticated technology, DADS assess three stages of alertness in drivers. The system captures important information from the users with a Bluetooth camera that is mounted on the windshield that is then linked to a smartphone. When the DADS service detects reduced driver alertness that would lead to unsafe vehicle operation, it alerts the driver using audible and visual signals, while sending appropriate notifications to third parties, such as dispatch centers, parents, or other designated recipients. These alerts are generated up to two hours before a driver’s awareness is reduced to such a dangerous level that sleep could occur. DADS early warnings ensure ample time for proper action, thereby preventing accidents, protecting property and saving lives.
For truck drivers or long haul over the road drivers, DADS becomes an invaluable management tool for companies to increase the efficiency and productivity of any size fleet by providing data on drivers and their driving patterns. Using the real-time data and additional profile and evaluation reports, DADS can assist in decreasing loss and delays while offering a strategic tool to meet performance targets and increase overall effectiveness and safety.
Subscriptions for DADS start as low as $6.99 a month for a personal package and $99.99 per vehicle a month for small businesses. For enterprise inquiry DADS has an option to contact them for pricing. To learn more about DADS visit their site at dads.srgint.com.