Can you build a team that can hack a life saving solution in just 2 days?
Falling asleep at the wheel of a truck can be fatal. Fatal for the truck driver and other people around them.
The current system that tells drivers how long to drive for and when to take breaks – simply isn’t working. Drivers are not robots – they are human and fatigue is a human state. A biological condition. Yet we manage driver fatigue by counting hours and minutes and do not consider the individual.
Even in the midst of a technological revolution truck drivers are bound by law to carry and fill out a paper work diary. This offers no way to recognise that fatigue manifests differently for different individuals, with different health status and in different contexts and conditions.
Fatigue laws are hard to understand and there are complex conditions around when and for how long drivers must take rest breaks. A minute over and they face a $600 fine.
The Australian trucking industry generates $40 billion in revenue and employs over 195,000 people. There is a nationally significant and vital industry out there ready and waiting for an answer to this problem.
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is bringing the nations brightest innovators to Canberra this April (18-20th) to create disruptive new solutions that tackle driver fatigue in the Australian trucking industry. The 48hr FatigueHACK event sponsored by Teletrac Navman & facilitated by the Canberra Innovation Network aims to completely disrupt current thinking around the way driver fatigue is managed by bringing together developers, designers, industry experts, researchers and regulators. Teams will compete for a prize pool of over $10k with the top 3 teams having the opportunity to pitch to delegates & industry leaders at the national ATA conference on Friday 20th April.
For more information and to register your team for the event, visit the CBR Innovation Network website.
Please note this is an external event, coordinated by the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN), but may be of interest to ANU staff and students. ANU is a foundation member of CBRIN who runs a range of events and initiatives around innovation.
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