|Bosch's new AI system can detect when drivers' eyes are becoming heavy / Credits: Tom Wang via Shutterstock|
Drivers' safety is prioritized by authorities, especially with the increasing road accidents. Thus, the European Union’s market announced that they will be requiring all new cars by 2022 to have “advanced safety systems.” This is not only a great way to keep drivers safe but also make sure that cars have enough safety features built into them.
According to CNBC, the world leader in business news and real-time financial market coverage, all motor vehicles, which includes cars, trucks, buses, and vans, need to have safety features such as reversing detection systems, driver drowsiness and attention warning systems, and event data recorders. Currently, several companies are developing technology that aims to boost the safety of vehicles. One of them is Bosch, a German multinational engineering and technology company.
Last 2019, Bosch announced that they are planning to install in-car cameras and sensors to monitor drivers for signs of intoxication and distraction. Now, the technology has finally been developed. The company describes it as an “interior monitoring system” for cars, utilizing artificial intelligence and cameras. A camera is integrated into a steering wheel that can detect when a driver is distracted, when they are turning their head towards the rear seats or the person sitting next to them, and when their eyes are becoming heavy.
When AI analyzes these signs, it can warn distracted drivers, recommend a break, and even slow the vehicle down. Aside from that, the system has cameras that can alert the driver to potentially serious issues such as a child removing their seat belt. Bosch stated that the technology will not only monitor drivers but also enable the car “to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.”
However, some experts believe that the technology poses a unique set of challenges. Alain Dunoyer, SBD Automotive’s head of autonomous research and consulting, stated that it is more likely to create distractions in vehicles than it is to combat it. “These days, cars have a shopping list of features which has led to tasks that were historically quite simple becoming drastically more complicated and distracting,” he added.