New report to help software developers and transport operators improve fatigue management

Austroads ReportAustroads has released its report Nationally Consistent Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Data Definition Framework which it hopes will be used to help transport operators and third-party Intelligent Transport System (ITS) software designers create products to help truckies improve fatigue management.

The report proposes a data definition framework to describe Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas (HVRAs).

HVRAs are generally provided by state road agencies (SRAs), but others are provided by the private sector, local governments and the community.

Having a consistent data definition framework for HVRA characteristics will allow, over time, for SRAs to provide information that can be used to help drivers and road transport companies meet fatigue management regulations says Austroads.

The HVRA data definition framework has been developed within the context of all rest areas and other SRA roadside facilities.

The framework is intended to be used by third parties to develop Intelligent Transport System (ITS) software for trucking companies or by drivers using mobile applications.

Austroads claims a common data definition for HVRAs may lead to greater consistency in navigation system design and truck journey planning systems.

“It is intended to allow development by third parties of selected real-time HVRA performance and feedback systems. In turn it will provide a potential means of feedback,” Austroads says.

The use of HVRA data by trucking companies will allow jurisdictions to more effectively inform industry of the HVRA network what is available to drivers, leading to improved fatigue management.

“When this occurs, full value will be gained from government investment in HVRAs,” says Austroads.

The publication is available online https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-R443-13.

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