Caterpillar Offers New System To Help Combat Driver Fatigue
Developed for the mining industry, it tracks drivers' eyes and uses an audio alert and a vibrating seat to wake them if necessary. In tests, it outperformed other systems that required the drivers to wear special equipment.
What's the Latest Development?
Australia-based Seeing Machines has designed a system called Driver Safety Solution (DSS) that Caterpillar will offer to mining companies to help them manage operator fatigue. It works by tracking the driver's eyes and facial features in order to detect instances of micro-sleep, periods "when a person passes out for...up to half a minute [and] then wakes up again without realising they lost consciousness." If the driver falls asleep, DSS sounds an alarm and activates a vibrating motor in the seat. All components, including the computer mounted behind the seat, are designed to withstand the unique conditions associated with driving mining trucks. Tests conducted at one Nevada site indicated a 90 percent reduction in incidents.
What's the Big Idea?
Fatigue is a huge problem for trucking worldwide, contributing to numerous crashes every year. In addition, according to University of Michigan expert Daniel Blower, "the true incidence of fatigue in truck crashes is likely to be two to three times higher than in the captured crash data." DSS is one of several products designed to combat driver sleepiness. Another monitors steering movements, while still another uses scanners along roads to ensure that trucks stay on path.
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
One of life's great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle might have finally found an explanation. This strange region, that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.