Driver fatigue is a critical issue for the freight and logistics industry.
Its impact can sever the operations of the entire supply chain. And yet, as important as it is, driver fatigue remains a very common problem. The European Transport Safety Council documented that more than 50%of long haul drivers reported falling asleep while in active transport.
Of all commercial road transports, driver fatigue is attributed to about 20% of accidents. This illustrates how big of a problem this can become when it goes unchecked. Employing artificial intelligence on a blockchain-based digital ledger serves as a complete and final solution for the logistical aspects involved needed to prevent driver fatigue.
In “Method of Detecting Logistics Driver’s Fatigue State Based on Computer Vision” published by Zhao and Han, a mathematical model was developed to explore current issues. The researchers presented their work at the 2015 International Conference on Computer Science and Applications (CSA).
The essence of their findings was that extensive research in the area of logistics driver fatigue is still in great need. Their research specifically explored the impaired visual abilities of drivers. Among their conclusions are how driver fatigue can be detected with proper algorithms. It is unclear how “deep” machine learning would be for a satisfactory solution. Nevertheless, developing AI algorithms for just this purpose would be prudent.
1Shift Logistics, a platform developed by LiteLInk Technologies will be one answer to this call. It is a leading software program that modernizes business- to- business transactions through a combination of artificial intelligence (AI), digital ledger technology and leading-edge programming.
Not only will it reduce costs while providing higher quality information and reports that lead to improved decision making and reduce uncertainty, but will provide carriers and truckers, logistics brokers and retail shippers with improved logistical information, as well as a marketplace to tender loads and fully manage loads from source to destination.
1Shift Logistics shows live capacity by lane, with capabilities to review historical pricing information, partner ratings, and real-time cost factors including backhaul capacity, fuel prices and weather.
It offers numerous high tech features a small business might not have dreamed it could use, such as:
- Fingerprint technology that combines with advanced algorithms to provide increased security and improve your compliance by providing one-touch “know your customer” (KYC) verification.
- Artificial intelligence that simulates human thought by leveraging cognitive search and NLP AI algorithms. This improves analysis, forecasting and optimizes how the supply chain parties interact.
- Technology that enhances transparency through a verified rating system that tracks shipments, deliveries and payments.
- Real-time tracking and notifications via an integrated global positioning system that provides direction, ground speed, latitude and longitude during a truck’s transport.
AI provides best options for using algorithms. Given the immense amount of data involved in supply chains and logistics driver fatigue, an advanced technological solution seems best employed here.
Advancements in AI, and especially deep machine learning, expects to significantly advance driver fatigue detection. Additionally, driver performance and improvements that ripple throughout the supply chain can be fostered by AI innovations. This is an ongoing area of research. As digital ledgers acquire more data and machine learning algorithms become refined, other significant improvements can be expected to continue to surface.
“The 1Shift logistics product works on desktops and on trucker mobile phone eliminating the need for drivers to get involved in long discussions regarding route, delays and payments,” said Ashik Karim of 1Shift Logistics.
He continued: “1Shift seamlessly automates these typically manual features.”
Both AI and digital ledger technology offer significant improvements to current logistical solutions for driver fatigue. However, properly combining these two technologies proves immensely better for operations than implementing each on their own.
AI’s capability to analyze and reformulate algorithms for planning tools is revolutionary. It enables managers to refocus much more of their time toward finding deeper insights. AI alone can improve the decisions that lead to alleviating driver strains.
When AI is combined with a digital ledger, logistics professionals have a more secure, manipulable, and actionable solution for managing supply chains. This leads to much more favorable driving conditions through direct and indirect alterations.