Seeing Machines fleet rollout for Hi-Trans

South Australian linehaul specialist latest in tech investment line

Seeing Machines fleet rollout for Hi-Trans
The Mercedes-Benz Actros prime movers will have Guardian technology installed


South Australian transport firm Hi-Trans Express is the latest operator to roll out Guardian Seeing Machines across its fleet.

After a six-week trial in 13 trucks, it yesterday agreed to "immediately" fit the technology in its entire linehaul fleet, comprising 30 vehicles.

"The trial demonstrated, without doubt, this technology will save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of our drivers," CEO Tony Mellick says.

The rollout accompanies the unveiling of a centralised transport control room in its Adelaide headquarters, designed to allow it to view and respond to any safety or operational issues across the country.

"This investment is a tangible proof point to Hi-Trans’ commitment to providing the best possible work environment for our drivers and our commitment to using technology to provide real-time information for our National Operations Centre to manage fatigue and distraction events to prevent incidents," Mellick says.

More on Hi-Trans' control room development, here

In the last three months, the company has committed "significant capital investment" in new Mercedes Actros Euro 6 prime movers and now in the Guardian Seeing Machines Technology.

"We all witnessed the terrible tragedy in Melbourne last week and, as a leader in our industry, we will not compromise investing in the latest technology that provides the best opportunity to ensure a safe workplace for our drivers, confidence to our customers that we are exceeding expectations in our safety culture, and most importantly ensuring a proactive real-time management process to avoid any incident that we can," Mellick says.

The topic of safety technology has been in sharp relief following a landmark study from Monash University’s Accident Research Centre (MUARC) that showed drivers were twice as likely to crash when fatigued, but 11 times more likely to crash when fatigued and distracted at the same time.

A participant in that study, Ron Finemore Transport hailed the results as vindication of its truck-driver safety technology policy.


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