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Cartasite Shares Initial Results From Driver Fatigue Study at NIOSH/NORA Workgroup Meeting

Cartasite Shares Initial Results From Driver Fatigue Study at NIOSH/NORA Workgroup Meeting

Cartasite’s Chief Data Scientist Gregory Kushnir, Ph.D., presented initial results of the research on Cumulative Driver Fatigue during the semiannual NIOSH/NORA Oil and Gas Motor Vehicle Workgroup Meeting in Dallas, TX on April 5-6 2017. The research included some new insights into the effects of cumulative fatigue on drivers.

There are multiple factors contributing to person’s cumulative fatigue, including: hours worked, drive time, sleep, rest, and more. A fatigued individual has a reduced ability to focus on the task of driving, and can therefore be considered a distracted driver. Unlike the distractions of cell phones, radio, food, or navigation systems which can all be stowed or delayed, it is not possible for a driver to ignore the internal distraction of fatigue.

As a commitment to driver safety, Data Scientists at Cartasite study how cumulative fatigue manifests itself in risky driving behavior. Our research focuses on the cumulative effect of all activities that individuals are involved in during the time they are away from their “Home Base” to determine if there is a measurable effect of the cumulative fatigue on the individuals’ driving behavior. Research results have shown that the effect is measurable and significant. Read more from that study here, and check out the Cartasite Blog for more stories surrounding this critical topic.