Post-Expo 2015: Initiative launched to improve delivery driver safety and wellbeing

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EIT Digital, a leading European open innovation organization, has showcased its Fit to Perform initiative to the industry for the first time at Post-Expo in Paris. The aim of the initiative is to make professional driving safer, healthier and more efficient.

Fit to Perform aims to provide drivers with a smart system of vehicle telematics and wearable technology to provide more information, greater insight and personalized coaching to professional drivers. The goal is to monitor professional drivers to make driving a safer and healthier occupation, with advantages for the professional driving businesses, such as postal and delivery companies. The initiative monitors drivers on their fitness to drive, so that professionals can drive as long as they are fit, instead of taking a mandatory break when it is not necessary.

The driver wears a wristband device which records physical data, such as heart rate and physical activity. This data is transmitted securely to a computer inside the vehicle. This data, combined with data taken from the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics, can be used to monitor a driver’s fitness level and how that effects his or her driving efficiency. This data can be shared in real-time with planning managers leading to smart informed decisions. According to EIT Digital, the initiative can help lower costs for business, increase road safety and improve driver well-being.

EIT Digital has worked with a number of partners on the initiative, including Astrata, DFKI, FBK, Fiat, Imperial College, Philips, Telecom Italia, TrentoRise, Technical University Eindhoven and University College London, among others. The organization is currently looking to partner with postal operators to develop the solution for their specific needs.

EIT Digital will be holding special presentations of the Fit to Perform initiative during day two of Post-Expo (September 30), between 9:00am and 2:00pm. For more information please visit stand 5034.

September 29, 2015

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