Keep your holidays happy by being vigilant on the roads this year.

The holiday season is the time of the year when impaired and drowsy driving accidents are most prevalent. Many of us would never imagine that a holiday celebration could result in a fatality or imprisonment.  The risks associated with driving while drowsy are very real.  Driving performance can be impaired, reaction times increase and it could result in tragic consequences for everyone involved. The Drowsy Driving Problem Drowsy driving usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to drinking alcohol, untreated sleep disorders, [...]

By |2018-12-20T10:51:32+11:00December 20th, 2018|Automotive|

NTC submission: Clarifying control of autonomous vehicles

Introduction Optalert has responded to the NTC's recent discussion paper "Clarifying control of automated vehicles" with the following submission...Our understanding of the discussion paper “Clarifying control of automated vehicles” is to resolve issues of control relating to automated vehicles. Determining who is in control, what it means to have ‘proper control’ and how it will apply to automated vehicles, and the interaction between enforcement agencies and automated vehicles. In clarifying these issues there will be greater certainty with road rules, traffic laws and accident and insurance liability and risks. We [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:43:39+10:00May 31st, 2017|Automotive|

What is the quantified self?

Have you heard the term “the quantified self”? It’s a phrase used to describe the movement of incorporating technology to acquire data on a variety of factors that make up a person’s daily life including diet, mood and performance. We’ve become almost obsessed with tracking and analysing a variety of factors in our lives and allocating a name to this obsession has made it far more legitimate. The quantified self can also be referred to as lifelogging, self-tracking, or body hacking. The key to the quantified self is not only [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:45:19+10:00April 21st, 2017|Automotive|

The future of road safety

For as long as road travel has existed, so too have road accidents. Consequently, actions have been taken to improve safety and reduce the risk of a road injury or fatality. Could autonomous vehicles be the largest impact on car safety we have ever seen? It looks likely. Road safety has been continuously evolving. From road signs and indicators to seatbelts and traffic lights, the end goal has always been to improve safety. We recently published a blog post that takes a look back through the history of road safety; [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:48:28+10:00March 15th, 2017|Automotive|

What would roadside fatigue or drowsiness testing look like?

First, we had breath tests to test Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Then, we had saliva swabs to test for illegal drugs. Now, we could be seeing a test for drowsiness that completes the roadside test trifecta. Roadside drowsiness testing has rapidly become a popular discussion topic across social media, due to a recent announcement that Victoria Police and the TAC would welcome this in their arsenal against road injuries and fatalities. The effects of drowsiness on our roads In a world first, Victoria Police, and the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:50:13+10:00February 22nd, 2017|Automotive|

Preventative vs responsive drowsiness technology

When describing Optalert’s products to customers, I often use the word preventative along with ‘predictive’, ‘real-time’ and ‘anticipatory’. It is these words that set our technology apart from others. One word I seldom use is ‘responsive’. While we might appreciate the latter in terms of something that responds quickly to a need or error, all too often ‘quickly’ simply isn’t fast enough. There is a real difference between responsive technology and preventative technology. Definitions Let’s start with a few simple definitions: Responsive: (adj.) In response; reacting quickly and positively Preventative: [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:51:42+10:00February 6th, 2017|Automotive|

NTC submission – autonomous vehicle trials

Australia’s National Transport Commission (NTC) has requested submissions for their paper on “National guidelines for automated vehicle trials”. The purpose is to have state and territory road transport agencies working under a common national approach on how they will regulate and support automated vehicle trials to ensure public safety. The NTC wants to provide certainty and clarity, help with management of trials and establish minimum safety standards to raise awareness and acceptance by the public and to protect those using public roads. From Optalert’s perspective, we see the major problem [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:55:46+10:00January 23rd, 2017|Automotive|

Focussing on drowsiness detection in video systems

It’s hard to believe portable video cameras have been available since the 1980s. Sony and Panasonic were crucial players in the race toward market share with VHS technology winning the first major market battle. Of course digital technology is now favoured by manufacturers and developers alike, and so the market continues twisting and turning depending on the speed and saturation which can be gained by software and hardware developers. As we step through our own R&D environment, it’s interesting to consider the significant differences in software and hardware available in [...]

By |2018-09-27T17:17:24+10:00December 14th, 2016|Automotive|

Smart Eye video system receives certification as Optalert drowsiness score sensor

Historically, automotive manufacturers have focussed on the performance of the car but recently they have turned their attention to the driver. At one end, the automotive industry is taking the driver out of the equation as much as possible, and hence the increasing attention focussed on autonomous vehicles. As stated in previous blogs however, this technology is still in its infancy. Even though there are semi-autonomous vehicles now on the road, it will be quite some time before passenger vehicles are allowed to be driving on public roads with no driver [...]

By |2018-09-27T17:17:48+10:00December 7th, 2016|Automotive|

Optalert’s licensing opportunities for automotive manufacturers

In an exciting step towards a world without drowsy driving, Optalert is now opening up licensing opportunities to automotive manufacturers. Video cameras in cars In-built and mounted video cameras in cars (commonly known as ‘dash cams’) are fully focussed on events affecting a vehicle and can sometimes act as evidence should a road accident occur. Footage captured on dash cams can often show how an accident occurred, who may have been involved, and in some cases, who may have been at fault. Originally facing forward, many now also face the [...]

By |2018-09-27T17:08:33+10:00September 16th, 2016|Automotive|