Final Pre-Study Report SYNCOPE

Sudden sickness in drivers is a common cause of fatal crashes and accounts for about 10% of road traffic fatalities in Sweden. The risk could be mitigated with a driver monitor system capable of detecting critical medical conditions. Vehicle integrated and wearable sensor technologies for monitoring physiological and behavioral signs have been rapidly developed in recent years. Those technologies have the potential to detect critical medical conditions, even in an early phase. However, limited studies have approached this application. In order to fill the knowledge gap, in this project, workshops and literature review were conducted to investigate: 1) what are the most relevant medical conditions that cause crashes and fatalities, 2) physiological and behavior signs before or during those conditions, 3) technologies to sensing those signs in vehicle, 4) challenges and approaches to move forward.

Ke Lu
Research area
Road user behaviour
Publication type
Project report
Year of publication