Journal article

The impact of heart rate-based drowsiness monitoring on adverse driving events in heavy vehicle drivers under naturalistic conditions

Alexander P Wolkow, Shantha MW Rajaratnam, Vanessa Wilkinson, Dexter Shee, Angela Baker, Teri Lillington, Peter Roest, Bernd Marx, Carmen Chew, Andrew Tucker, Shamsul Haque, Alexandre Schaefer, Mark E Howard

SLEEP HEALTH | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVES: This study examined the influence of a wrist-worn heart rate drowsiness detection device on heavy vehicle driver safety and sleep and its ability to predict driving events under naturalistic conditions. DESIGN: Prospective, non-randomized trial. SETTING: Naturalistic driving in Malaysia. PARTICIPANTS: Heavy vehicle drivers in Malaysia were assigned to the Device (n = 25) or Control condition (n = 34). INTERVENTION: Both conditions were monitored for driving events at work over 4-weeks in Phase 1, and 12-weeks in Phase 2. In Phase 1, the Device condition wore the device operated in the silent mode (i.e., no drowsiness alerts) to examine the accuracy of the device in predicting dri..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Shell Road Safety. Several employees from this funding body contributed as independent authors to the design of the project, preparation and approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication. The funding body did not have a role in the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data for this project.