Filipino truck drivers will soon have better skills in navigating the road as the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) and Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) embark on developing gamified skills training using Internet of things (IoT).

Dubbed Drivers Roadworthiness Improvement Verification Education and Readiness for the Philippine Logistics Industry or DRIVER.PH, the project will create hardware and software solutions to train Filipino truck drivers using IoT.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit expressed optimism over the research project as it seeks to empower Filipino truck drivers with new skills for the future.

“This research project is our commitment to bringing solutions and opportunities by making innovations work for the people.  We hope that logistics companies can adopt this technology once it is developed,” he said.

Researchers aim to integrate various ICT concepts such as gamification, IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics to provide a comprehensive, end-to-end solution to produce roadworthy truck drivers to minimize accidents that result to damage to property and loss of lives.

The first part of the DRIVER.PH system is composed of online learning and educational modules, mobile learning applications, and gamified applications which educate the drivers and evaluate their preparedness to drive a truck on the road.

After this, the system will evaluate the drivers’ behavior on the road. Their trucks will be equipped with an IoT device that gathers real-time data such as location, speed, and acceleration. These data will be sent to the cloud server and will be processed by an AI-powered system. This will also assess the presence of traffic violations from the driver’s actions.

All the information will be analyzed to uncover patterns and come up with a scientific evaluation of the driver’s competence on the road.

After the system’s development and testing phases, it will soon be adopted by Quicktrans Cargo Moving, Inc., one of the leading trucking companies in the logistics and trucking industry in the country.

“As a leader and preferred partner in enabling innovative solutions across many sectors, we appreciate this partnership between T.I.P. and Quicktrans. True enough, the use of emerging technologies like IoT and AI is a bold step towards ensuring that the Philippines’ logistics industry is progressing and on par with other countries’,” said Paringit.

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