Venture Beat: Eyesight Technologies’ (Driver Sense and Fleet Sense) systems can now monitor masked drivers

“Eyesight Technologies, a startup developing in-car driver and occupancy monitoring systems, today announced that its platform can now detect when drivers wearing face masks become distracted or drowsy. The upgrade comes as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and as workers deemed essential by local governments, like truck drivers and bus operators, contend with longer-than-usual work hours.

In early March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration loosened restrictions on drivers hauling emergency loads such as medical and sanitary supplies, lifting an 11-hour-a-day cap on drive time. While drivers are still entitled a minimum of 10 hours off, Eyesight CEO David Tolub insinuates that the rule change could lead to more fatigued drivers on the road, which is particularly problematic considering it takes hundreds of feet to stop a low-speed 40-ton tractor-trailer…”

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