Every year around the world, people die from driving distractions. Distracted driving takes many forms, from using a smartphone to eating to focusing on people in cars rather than on the road. Bosch is developing a new camera designed to monitor drivers and passengers in cars. Cameras use artificial intelligence to understand what drivers are doing to help improve safety.
Bosch says a car will travel 42 meters unsupervised if the driver dozes off or looks at his smartphone for three seconds at 50km/h. Bosch says research shows that nearly one in 10 accidents is caused by distraction or drowsiness. The camera integrated on the steering wheel detects when the driver’s eyelids become heavy or whether the driver is distracted.
The camera can also show when the driver turns his head to the passenger or rear seat. The system uses artificial intelligence to draw the right conclusions from the information seen by the camera. It will warn unfocused drivers, advise breaks if the driver is sleepy, and slow down vehicles as required by law and the wishes of the carmaker.
To identify the driver’s sleepiness, record the actual driving with eyelid position and wink rate, and train the system to understand the driver’s fatigue. When distracted and drowsy, the alarm system makes a sound. By 2025, such systems will be part of the European NCAP vehicle safety assessment.
The system developed by Bosch completes all the information in the car. No information is saved or passed on to third parties. For future self-driving cars, the system ensures that the driver is not asleep when he or she takes over control of the vehicle. The camera system can also identify whether a child is left in the car and warn parents.