Circadian Rhythm and Snooze – Driver-Fatigue Tools.

Driver-fatigue related crashes result in numerous fatalities every year. Aside from shelling out for an expensive detection technology built into high-end vehicles only – see below for some viable options to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.

Anti-Sleep Pilot

Like a game show contestant – the Anti-Sleep Pilot has you buzzing in on a timer installed on your dashboard. The unit is designed to measure your continual awareness by requiring you to react to various beeps as you drive. As it beeps you press a button and it gauges your reaction time and determines your level of awareness and concentration. Some cons to this are the safety hazard argument of having to take a hand off the wheel to reach out and press the Pilot. Some user reviews also bemoan the lengthy setup time required beforehand involving a questionnaire used to determine your driver-fatigue level before setting out.

Anti-sleep headset

Similar to blue-tooth smart phone technology in appearance – the Anti-Sleep Headset is worn on either ear and alerts the driver if his or her head begins to tilt forwards signaling sleep. Some downsides to this include the many instances of false alerts caused by tilting the head downwards for other reasons aside from driver-fatigue. The headset measures only a change in position and does not measure any fluctuations in concentration or awareness, as well as being insufficient in measuring any warning signs of micro-sleep.

Facial recognition camera system

Of the viable options on the market today to assist in preventing driver-fatigue the Facial Recognition Camera is one of the best. The camera studies multiple points on the user’s face and then compares it to images stored in an internal database of other faces. Aside from looking for warnings signs using image comparison it also has a programmed alert to notify the driver if it has noticed an instance of closed eyes for longer than 2 seconds at a time. Though some bugs are still being tweaked, and the quality of the technology varies with brands on this one, it can be more expensive but worthwhile.

Anti-sleep glasses

These glasses work similarly to the anti-sleep headset in measuring the tilt angle of the driver’s head and alerting any changes. They provide a reduction in glare, useful for night driving especially. They can produce false alerts similar to the headset too, in issues with drivers tilting their heads briefly downwards for reasons unrelated to driver-fatigue.

Heart rate monitoring system

This unit monitor’s the driver’s heart beat measuring when the driver might be nearing sleep. It attaches to the seat-belt positioned closely to the heart, though not always reliable in predictions and does not measure awareness or concentration levels. Other issues have been accurate measurements through jackets or other thick fabrics. Ongoing improvements in design, yet still one of the better driver-fatigue detection options.

StopSleep Anti-sleep alarm

Unit is worn on either hand as a double ring and measures electro-dermal activity signifying levels of awareness and concentration. The device also alerts the driver if they are drifting towards micro-sleep and eventually the deadliest sleep. Ranking the best out of all options today for successfully testing and monitoring driver-fatigue risks.