Ford Brazil tests SafeCap technology to wake up drowsy drivers

High-Tech Headgear Could Help Prevent Truck Accidents

Long haul trucking is a tough job. Drivers have to work strange hours and spend long shifts behind the wheel, often in the dark. Despite detailed federal rules regarding rest breaks for truckers, it can be challenging to fight off fatigue and stay alert under these conditions.

Drowsy Driving is a Big Problem for Big Rig Drivers

Driving while sleepy may not sound like a terrible risk. After all, many people do it, figuring that as long as they don’t actually fall asleep behind the wheel, it’s no big deal. But the fact of the matter is, driving while drowsy can increase the risk of an accident, even if you never drift off into dreamland. Inadequate sleep prevents drivers from having the quick reactions that are needed to stay safe on the road.

Research has shown that when a commercial driver such as a trucker misses just one or two hours of sleep, their risk of being involved in an accident increases.

According to the Department of Transportation, fatigue plays a role in about 15 percent of big rig accidents. Shift workers, such as truck drivers who have to make overnight trips, are more likely to engage in drowsy driving than individuals who work a daytime shift, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Smart Trucker Cap Designed to Prevent Drowsy Driving Accidents

Preventing drowsy driving accidents in the trucking industry has been a big challenge. When truckers drive at night, they’re working against their own biology to stay awake, which is why all the complicated rules regarding rest breaks and hours of service haven’t managed to eliminate drowsy driving accidents.

Now, companies are turning to technology to monitor drivers and wake them up when they appear to be drifting off. One such invention is the Ford SafeCap. This “smart” trucker hat was developed by Ford Brazil and a Sao Paolo company called GTB.

After measuring drivers’ head motions, GTB identified patterns that indicate drowsiness. They then equipped a trucker cap with sensors including an accelerometer and gyroscope that can detect these patterns. When a driver’s head motions indicate drowsiness, the SafeCap can alert the driver by vibrating, turning on flashing lights, or sounding an audible alarm.

The SafeCap is currently still in the testing phase and it is unknown when it will reach the US market.

Have You Been Injured in a Trucking Accident?

If you have been injured in a trucking accident that was not your fault, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is here to help you seek appropriate compensation. We will fight aggressively for you as your trucking accident lawyer. Call us at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation.

📞 Call 800-333-0000 Today!