Driver fatigue is the leading risk factor in non-drug impairment and is associated with over 25% of motor vehicle crashes resulting in injury or death. Drowsiness has a detrimental influence on driving performance, reducing alertness, increasing reaction time and causing cognitive deficits. It is also difficult to assess and is often under reported in traffic crash analysis.
ACS scientists have developed non-intrusive, in-vehicle driver fatigue monitoring systems and scientifically validated their performance to help assess and prevent drowsy driving. Leveraging its advanced in-house research laboratory equipped with driving simulator and multimodal data acquisition technologies, ACS has adopted advanced machine learning and deep learning techniques for development of reliable drowsiness detection systems in drivers using eye tracking information. The results show high correspondence between the performance of developed eye tracking based methodologies with behavioral and physiological measures of vigilance. These developments are critical for managing fatigue in people and reducing motor vehicle collisions and human fatalities.
ACS research scientists will be presenting this research during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting held in January, 2019 with a theme focused on Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future. ACS research in this area, which is focused on real-time assessment of driver vigilance as a countermeasure for managing fatigue, is a crucial contribution to improving road safety by reducing the risk of drowsiness-related motor vehicle collisions.
Starting as a research division in 1976, ACS successfully developed a technological solution to prevent impaired driving and has worked closely with legislators, regulators, as well as research and advocacy institutions for many decades to improve road safety. This continued investment with leading Canadian universities will enable us to leverage research and introduce new products to support changing legislation and tools for law enforcement agencies.
Alcohol Countermeasure Systems is an international group of companies with over 40 years of experience developing innovative technology to prevent impaired driving. A leading designer/manufacturer of alcohol ignition interlocks and breath alcohol testers, ACS provides products and services to law enforcement, automotive, industrial, public and personal safety markets. We improve global road safety through innovative design, manufacturing and customer support services. Please visit www.acs-corp.com.
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