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Current Research

The AAA is excited to announce three important new research projects in the area of fatigued driving. These were developed following extensive consultation with key stakeholders in the fields of fatigued driving/road safety and utilising the outcomes of the Fatigued Driving Stakeholder Forum held in Sydney in November 2019.

Fatigued Driving Research Literature Review

The AAA is seeking to understand what is known about the extent of fatigued driving, what legal and policy frameworks are effective, what factors contribute to fatigued driving, what countermeasures are effective in preventing fatigued driving (and why), and how fatigued driving can best be prevented.
This review will be undertaken in four parts:

  • A literature review of the international body of literature covering such concepts as (but not limited to) estimating the number of fatigue-related crashes, high risk groups, effectiveness of interventions and policy management arrangements, fatigued driving, campaigns, driver awareness and learnings from the heavy vehicle industry.
  • The identification and comparison of fatigued driving legislative /regulatory and policy frameworks in Australia and comparable overseas countries.
  • The identification and comparison of recent fatigued driving countermeasures implemented in Australia and comparable overseas countries.
  • A list/summary table of key researchers and organisations (and their areas of expertise and affiliations) in Australia and comparable overseas countries who are working in the area of fatigued driving.

The AAA is pleased to advise that The Appleton Institute – Central Queensland University has been selected to undertake this important piece of work. The research will be led by Professor Sally Ferguson and Associate Professor Matthew Thomas who have extensive experience in the area of fatigued driving and provided a thorough and well thought out methodology for the project.

A final report of the literature review is due for completion at the end of 2020.

Evaluation, validation and comparison of fatigued driving monitoring technologies

This exciting research project is a result of the workshop held as part of the Fatigued Driving Stakeholder Forum held in Sydney in November 2019.

The project will assess, validate, evaluate and compare the effectiveness of fatigue-monitoring technologies, the warning/alert systems and the driver’s understanding of and response to the associated warnings or alerts. The assessments will include a comparison across the various categories of fatigued driving technologies in order to consider the feasibility of the various systems for different fleet and business sizes. The goal is to provide potential consumers with clear and independent information about different fatigued driving monitoring technologies to enable informed choices.

The project will be conducted in two phases: an initial feasibility study followed by the major study (pending the results of the final feasibility report). The feasibility study will allow the research teams to develop and test a research plan and budget to ensure the success of the wider research project.

The AAA fielded a great deal of interest in this project, receiving several excellent proposals which, following assessment, have resulted in the formation of a consortium to undertake this important research. The consortium brings together a wealth of experience in research into fatigued driving, sleep, road safety and evaluation of vehicle technologies. Together the group has developed a robust methodology to undertake both the feasibility study and the major project which will ensure practical outcomes.

We are pleased to advise that the following organisations have formed the consortium:

  • The Appleton Institute (Central Queensland University) led by Professor Sally Ferguson
  • Monash University led by Associate Professor Clare Anderson
  • The Australian Road Research Board (AARB) led by Dr Anna Chevalier
  • The final report of the feasibility study is due for completion in late 2020.

Understanding and managing fatigue in the workplace

This project was submitted in response to the call for research ideas on the AAA Road Safety Research Program’s website. The project will create an evidence base (including a study of drivers in a simulator and virtual reality environments, monitoring of diet, exercise and sleep/wake patterns, telematic fleet data and surveys of employees) with the aim to develop a workplace behaviour modification plan for both workers and management.
This research concept included a proposed project team with involvement from academia, a corporate partner and a key road safety stakeholder, as well as a detailed overview of the major project.

For this reason, a direct approach method was utilised, and following review of a more detailed research proposal, the AAA is pleased to announce the following partnership to undertake this major research project:

  • The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) led by Associate Professor Sharon Newnam
  • The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) led by Mr Jerome Carslake
  • Tip Top Bakeries (as a part of George Western Foods) led by Mr Kurt Clark

As with the other fatigued driving research t, this project will also be undertaken in two phases: first a feasibility study, which will then inform the major research project (to begin pending the results of the feasibility study).

The final report of the feasibility study is due in late 2020.

Research Opportunities

There are currently no open research opportunities. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to discuss the research program and any future opportunities.