Technology Can Now Monitor Drivers Wearing Masks

Technology Can Now Monitor Drivers Wearing Masks

Platform can detect when drivers wearing face masks become distracted or drowsy.
Eyesight Technologies, a startup that develops in-car monitoring systems, has announced that its platform can now detect when drivers wearing face masks become distracted or drowsy, Venturebeat.com reports.

The upgrade comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and as essential workers like truck drivers and bus operators contend with longer work hours.

In early March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lifted an 11-hour-a-day cap on drive time for drivers hauling emergency loads such as medical and sanitary supplies. Drivers are still entitled a minimum of 10 hours off, but the rule change could lead to more fatigued drivers on the road — which is a problem, since it takes hundreds of feet to stop a low-speed 40-ton tractor-trailer.

“We are living in unprecedented times,” said Eyesight CEO David Tolub. “Without a concrete end date to the current situation, wearing medical masks may be a reality for the foreseeable future. Eyesight … is forging ahead and adapting to provide a reliable solution to help guarantee safety even under less than ideal circumstances.”

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