Truckers Report - By .
A driver-facing camera is nothing new at this point, but what about a driver-facing camera that uses facial recognition technology that sounds an alarm when it thinks you’re getting tired? Cameras like these are being introduced in niche trucking sectors like mining right now, but according to the makers, it’s “only a matter of time” before we’ll see them everywhere.
Caterpillar, the name synonymous with heavy-duty trucks and machinery, has partnered with the tech company Seeing Machines to create the driver-facing camera that sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake.
According to The Huffington Post, the system has a camera, a light, and a speaker which all work together using technology created by Seeing Machines to continually scan the driver’s face for signs of fatigue. When a “fatigue event” like a slow blink, drooping head, or other signs of “microsleep” are recorded, the system sounds an alarm in the truck to alert the driver to their fatigue, but that’s just the beginning.
A recording of the driver is immediately sent to their 24-hour “sleep fatigue center” located at Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria, Illinois. There a safety advisor will review the video and recommend a course of action.
One example that the Huffington Post cited was last month when a driver experienced three fatigue events within four hours, the safety advisor contacted his supervisor and recommended that he take a nap.
The technology is just beginning to be rolled out, but Caterpillar says that they hope to install the systems in all of their 38,000 trucks operating worldwide.
Once their four-year deal with Caterpillar is up however, the tech company is likely to take the technology to other truck manufacturers and even consumer vehicles.
“We have arrangements with many different car manufacturers,” said Seeing Machines GM Jeremy Terpstra. “It’s only a matter of time before this technology is in all vehicles, everywhere.”