ASP Technology Ltd, a technology provider of fatigue prevention solutions, has released the Anti Sleep Pilot App, designed to help prevent fatigue-related driving accidents by helping drivers stay alert behind the wheel.
The app for the iPhone and iPad is an extension of the company’s dash-mounted Anti Sleep Pilot device. Based on more than 4 years of sleep science research and Danish engineering and design, the Anti Sleep Pilot continually monitors the conditions that affect a driver’s fatigue level.
"Since launching Anti Sleep Pilot in Denmark and at CES 2011, we have received overwhelming interest from drivers, distributors, and safety-related organizations from all over the world," said Troels M. Palshof, founder and CEO of ASP Technology Ltd. "We launched the Anti Sleep Pilot App to provide drivers around the world with access to the solution directly on their iPhone."
Building on the fundamentals of the Anti Sleep Pilot device, combined with the accelerometer, clock, timer, GPS, and other functionality of the iPhone, the Anti Sleep Pilot App helps prevent fatigue-related driving accidents by helping drivers stay alert behind the wheel. The app continually calculates a driver’s personalized driving fatigue level, maintains the individual’s alertness, and ultimately alerts the driver when it is time to take a preventive driving break.
"If we are to reduce the number of road-traffic accidents related to fatigue and lack of sleep, motorists must be advised to take breaks and avoiding driving while tired," said Ole Norregaard, sleep scientist and consultant, ASP Technology Ltd. "Anti Sleep Pilot uses the most advanced sleep science research and technology to warn drivers when they are too tired to drive, based on a customized risk profile, and then recommends when drivers should take a break and for how long, which ultimately promotes safer driving conditions."
To configure the device, users create a baseline profile the first time they use the app. Before each drive, the app helps the driver determine their current fatigue status. During the drive, the app automatically calculates the driver’s fatigue level combining personal information with drive data such as time of day and drive time, which are automatically registered by the iPhone.
The user’s fatigue level is displayed on the screen. A series of light and sound tests are used to break the monotony of driving and maintain the driver’s alertness. The app records the reaction time, which is also used as one of the 26 input factors in the calculation of the driver’s fatigue level. Ultimately, the app sounds an alarm, alerting the driver to take a preventive rest break when they are about to reach a critical driving-fatigue level. The app also displays driving distance, average driving speed, and the progression of the driver’s fatigue level. The application is integrated with Google Maps.