|Mindtronic's DMX can track if you are fatigued / Photo Credit: riopatuca (via Shutterstock)|
Ralph Jennings of business news platform Forbes reported that a startup in Taiwan is developing a comfortable driver’s cockpit. The cockpit is packed with AI features that transfers control of the vehicle to the computer if the system senses that you are sick, tired, sloppy, or distracted. The Taipei-based Mindtronic AI created this cockpit called DMX last year with features like easy-to-use entertainment for the driver. If you get mesmerized by a soccer match, an inbuilt driver monitoring system analyzes your fatigue levels, looking for any signs of distraction or sudden illness such as a heart attack. Reckless movements can also be discovered, allowing the system to take over. This technology would definitely fit the highest level of AV technologies, particularly the one expected to become more ubiquitous by 2030.
Mindtronic AI co-founder Udo Chang explained, “If you drive and there’s an accident, one reason is [because] a driver’s behavior is poor and the other is the [driving skill] is poor. This system can basically cover both technique and behavior.” The Taiwanese company is developing its cockpit because in-vehicle augmentation technologies are starting to draw the attention of vehicle manufacturers, said Hugh Ujhazy, head of internet of things and telecommunications practices at market research firm IDC. This should help drivers handle lane changes, allowing them to steer away from collisions, Ujhazy explained. He added that AI would track a person’s eyeball movement and overall attention to driving. “The development of in-vehicle augmentation technologies is expected to increase over the next few years, as driver augmentation features become a differentiating factor in vehicle choice,” he said.
Mindtronic AI, which has over 40 employees across Taiwan, China, and the US, earned a smart cockpit award for DMX from the CES tech show in Las Vegas. It will now begin producing its AI-powered cockpit systems over the next two to three years. Mindtronic AI plans to manufacture them first for an automaker in China, Chang stated. He did not state who the customer was, the estimated scale of the order, or even how much the company had spent on R&D to date.