|Onboard Monitoring and Reporting for Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Final Report|
This Final Report documents the results of the investigation and development of a prototype hardware and software suite that allowed for online measurement of a set of driving characteristics that are indicators of unsafe driving behavior. Via the prototypical suite, feedback could be provided to drivers, either directly in real-time or through carrier management. This would allow truck drivers to significantly improve their attentiveness and enhance their safety performance.
In the prototype development work, the monitored parameters and the type of feedback to be given were systematically selected by first examining commercial vehicle crash causes in the literature and then deriving five categories or core behavioral categories, which, as a whole, comprise the feature set recommendations for an ideal onboard driver monitoring system. The five monitoring categories or behaviors are listed as follows:
- Speed Selection
- Following Behavior
- Attention (or Inattention)
- General Safety
After identifying the five categories, a prototypical suite was developed, installed, and tested on a Class 8 tractor, and a concept for Field Operational Testing (FOT) was developed.
This report will be of interest to anyone interested in the use of onboard monitoring technology that provides a combination of real-time and non-real-time driver monitoring feedback to enhance safe behaviors for heavy truck and bus drivers.