Vision system detects driver distraction

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SEAT driver surveillance system aims to reduce accidents caused by drowsiness or distraction

A biometric vision system is under development to tackle the problems of driver distraction and drowsiness.

Spanish car manufacturer, SEAT is working with Eyesight Technologies to develop advanced technology that studies a driver’s eyes and head movement to detect if they’re falling asleep or distracted. It uses an algorithm which analyses the eye openness, angle of vision, blink rate and head position of the driver, along with other visual attributes.

In the event it detects that the driver is drowsy, asleep or perhaps distracted by their mobile phone, it will trigger an alert. Eventually, the software will be able to detect pedestrians and analyse whether the driver has spotted them as well.

Research has shown that driver distraction and tiredness are among the biggest dangers on the roads, contributing to 36% of road traffic collisions.*

According to Stefan Ilijevic, head of Product innovation at SEAT, more than 90% of road accidents in Europe are caused by human factors with the main reasons being distraction and tiredness, excessive speed, alcohol and drugs.

“At SEAT we are working on products to prevent negligence behind the steering wheel and significantly reduce road accidents,” says Ilijevic.

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