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ATA hacks into driver fatigue

Driver fatigue management will come under focus in Canberra later this week as part of the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) FatigueHACK.

The program offers leading innovators the chance to compete in creating a solution for industry regulators as they look to stay ahead of technological change. 

“Drivers have told us the current system simply isn’t working,” said ATA Safety and Skills Advisor, Melissa Weller. “It tells them how long to drive for and when to take their breaks, but everyone is different,”

Truck drivers, owner operators, CEOs, health professionals and technology experts will help mentor more than 50 competitors who have registered to take part in the competition. Teletrac Navman and Canberra Innovation Network have partnered with the ATA on the initiative as they explore new technologies, designs, products, partnerships and policy in managing driver fatigue.

“We’re looking for technology that will disrupt current thinking and empower drivers to manage their own fatigue,” said Weller.

Participants, which include a hardware start-up that has won a NASA Space Apps Global Award, will be given access to rapid innovation workshops setup to accelerate their progress over the two days of competition.

“Canberra Innovation Network will work with the winning teams to get them acceleration and incubation ready and provide them with post program support,” said its CEO, Petr Adamek.
“This support includes fully sponsored access to innovation workshop programs and space alongside other entrepreneurs and innovators in the CBR Innovation Network,” he said.

$10,000 in prize money will be shared between the top three teams. Each will then get an opportunity to pitch their solutions to delegates at ATA’s event for industry leaders.

FatigueHACK will be part of Trucking Australia 2018 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, from 18-20 April.

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