A safety system which detects if a driver is struggling to stay awake is to be tested out on coaches for prevent catastrophic crashes. The system will track drivers’ eye movements with an infra-red camera, that also works in the dark or through glasses, and when it is detected that a driver is about to fall asleep an audio alert will sound and a vibration will be sent into the seat to wake the driver up.
The position of the head is also monitored to detect possible distraction. The system is first to be trialled in coaches owned by five different firms over nine months. If the trial is successful, the companies wound consider installing the devices in all of their coaches.
This will improve the safety of coach travel, and may even be used in cars if successful.