Improved Information Flow for Truck Drivers
Truck drivers are increasingly relying on electronic information for safety, vehicle information, and traffic routing during their long trips.
The technology of many modern trucks may include GPS navigators, traffic information relays, vehicle diagnostics, messaging systems, weather alerts, and possibly even time tracking equipment to track a driver’s hours on the road.
Additional on-board devices may include lane change assistance, warning for excessive speed when approaching a curve, warning for imminent collision risk, driver alertness monitors and blind spot alerts.
Balancing these potential truck driver distractions with enhanced safety is a goal for Swedish truck manufacturer Volvo. This initiative, referred to as HMI or Human Machine Interface, aims to improve the way drivers and technology interact.
The goal of this initiative is to regulate the flow of information into an easy to monitor system for truck drivers. They aim to accomplish this through information prioritization and intuitive interfaces.
“For instance, it is not a good idea for a message from the transport planning office to signal its arrival just when the navigator is telling the driver which exit to take in the roundabout he is entering. And incoming phone calls can be queued if the system registers that the driver is in the process of changing lanes,” a representative from Volvo explains.
Better information routing to truck drivers will certainly lead to improved safety systems and better working conditions.