Tech companies work to address fatigue in trucking industry

Fatigue is a major concern in the trucking industry. Between high demand for goods to be delivered by truck and the troubling shortage of truckers, drivers are putting in a lot of hours on the road. And despite regulations in place to curb excessive driving, the fact is that many truckers are putting their lives and the lives of other motorists in danger by being on the road too long.

To address fatigue in the trucking industry, two companies are teaming up to deliver monitoring and management solutions for truckers and fleets.

Using data to deliver safety

As noted in this report from Truckinginfo.com, Trimble and Pulsar Informatics are collaborating to inform trucking fleets whether and to what extent fatigue is affecting drivers. When they have an accurate picture of drivers' performance, they can hopefully take action and develop solutions to keep their drivers safe.

Reports note that the companies will utilize technology to monitor driving behavior. They can evidently collect data showing degraded performance, risk patterns stemming from fatigue and possible violations of Hours of Service regulations. By collecting this information and making it available to fleets, the companies can enable the trucking companies to identify areas where they need more training to prevent fatigued driving.

How big of a concern is fatigue?

Fatigue is a major problem in the trucking industry. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, roughly 13 percent of all commercial trucking accidents involve a fatigued driver, though the number could be much higher.

When a trucker is fatigued, there is the potential for slowed reflexes, falling asleep and loss of concentration. This could lead to drifting out of a lane, failing to stop for slowed traffic, entering a curve too fast or losing control of the vehicle. If any of these things happen, the truck can crash into other people and vehicles, causing accidents and catastrophic damage.

As such, any solutions that can help fleets address and reduce the rate of fatigued driving are certainly worth examining. 

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