Today in Tsk, Tsk: Ford Made a Hat That Keeps Sleepy Drivers Alert

Live to zzz another day

By The Editors
November 6, 2017 9:00 am

If you think being stuck in traffic is tough, think about the the life of a truck driver.

Because that’s tough: driving hundreds of miles a day on deadline, seeing every single state in the country by only the front seat of a truck and probably cold showers in truck stops. And perhaps most dangerous of all: fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel, which is not gettin’ any safer, folks.  

But because people gotta eat, they gotta drive, even if they’re tired. Or that must be the thinking, because Ford just made a trucker cap that can track head movements and alert drivers with sound, light and vibration when they begin to doze off. It’s called the SafeCap, and it could be the difference between life and death. (Or so could, ya know, not driving while counting sheep.)

The project — which celebrates 60 years of producing trucks in Brazil, and is not currently available in the USA — focuses on movement. The trucker cap is outfitted with sensors and a gyroscope, and can detect the kind of jerky, quick movements common when anyone is falling asleep.

But please don’t fall asleep at the wheel.

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