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Break into Vehicle Data to Enhance Driver Safety
Innovation Challenge: Improve driver safety by leveraging existing data and devices.
Every year, approximately 13,000,000 kms are driven by Origin Energy employees in the context of the APLNG project and related operations. The APLNG assets stretch over a large geographical area (~300km x 270km). The above figures emphasise the fact that driving is the largest risk faced by Origin people while working on APLNG every day. Driving includes the operation of light vehicles, heavy vehicles and buses. Protecting the health and safety of workers and the community is a key priority for Origin Energy. For this reason, most vehicles (including rentals, contractors' and sub-contractors') are equipped with an In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS). The IVMS system records various driving performance indicators including the vehicle location, speed, seat belt use and 2WD/4WD status (4WD compulsory on all unsealed roads by company policy), braking and acceleration forces (to detect harsh driving) and pitch (to detect potential roll-overs). The IVMS has an emergency feature enabling the occupants to raise help if needed.
The objective of this challenge is to use the IVMS data to improve road safety outcomes.
The IVMS is installed in most vehicles consists of an IVMS unit, GPS locator and mobile communication. Every authorised and licensed driver, certified through a driver training, is provided with a unique IVMS key. This key is used to activate IVMS in the vehicle (driving is not possible without activation). IVMS incorporates geo-fenced information about speed limits and sealed/unsealed roads and “No go zones”.
IVMS data is collected in real time (or near to) and analysed daily, weekly and monthly by the Origin Reporting Team. Reports are sent to drivers, and their line manager, on a regular basis. That being said, timely feedback is not always given, is not consistent in quality and is therefore unlikely to positively contribute to improved driving behaviour and thus enhanced health and safety performance.
On the other hand, all drivers have a known email address, and a large majority of drivers have a smart phone (prohibited for use while driving), which offers an opportunity to deliver information, alerts and feedback to drivers on the basis of IVMS or other data sources.
Potential areas to consider:
- Is driving performance an indicator of other types of performance e.g. behavioural safety more generally, or attitudes towards risk and risk perception? What could that tell us about predicting at risk behaviour or reducing severity of incidents?
- Is there a way to combine multiple sources of data to provide real time journey and post journey driving performance information to drivers about route hazards and environmental conditions, land access information? E.g. load and vehicle specifications, maintenance and journey data, NHVR requirements for HV, council road works, environmental and weather conditions, speed zones. Take into consideration remote locations, driver distraction by phones and mobile network limitations.
- What additional services or products could be generated from the IVMS other than its current (and more obvious) use?
- IVMS dataset for approximately 300 vehicles over 12 months.
- List of recent vehicle-related incidents