Volvo Exploring Driver Monitoring

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2Q 2014 | IN-1018817


Research Project to Test Driver Sensors


Volvo recently announced a research project using driver sensors to monitor driver fatigue, inattention, or distraction, in order to “know the driver.” The driver sensors are integrated into the dashboard, allowing detection of closed eyes, measuring position and angle of the head, and identifying what the driver is looking at (or at least the direction he is looking).

This information is then used to adjust the car’s safety system parameters, such as distance from cars ahead (adaptive cruise control) or lane centering (lane keeping) to reduce the risk of accidents when the driver is not fully focused. It is also used to wake up drivers who have dozed off. 

More generally, Volvo sees driver monitoring as a support tool to make safety systems more...

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