This System Can Detect When a Driver is Distracted

By: Katherine Pendrill - Oct 22, 2015
References: seeingmachines & biometricupdate
Australian company 'Seeing Machines' partnered with 'Takata' to design a car camera that can detect when a driver is distracted. Many automobile accidents are caused by drivers who have fallen asleep at the wheel or taken their eyes off the road for an extended period of time. This system is designed to prevent these types of accidents by keeping drivers alert.

Seeing Machines' biometric system is designed as a new feature for GM vehicles. The new technology uses facial recognition software to detect when a driver is distracted. The system features a camera that monitors a driver's head movements as well as their eye-blink frequency. If the camera senses that the driver has fallen asleep or taken their eyes off the road, the system will immediately issue an alert. In addition to catching those who nod off behind the wheel, the system can also deter consumers from using mobile devices while the drive.

While other companies are working on similar technology, GM hopes to be the first to bring the technology to market.