Posted on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at 2:55 pm
According to a recent AP article, Toyota is working on technology which will use AI to detect when drivers are getting sleepy, drowsy or driving while stressed. Makoto Okabe of Toyota Motor Corporation explains that Toyota is experimenting with technology which uses artificial intelligence as a means where by cars may get to know drivers as human beings by analyzing their facial expressions, driving habits and social media use. Using cameras to analyze the driver’s face, the car can deduce if they are feeling happy, irritated or drowsy. The car might then respond by jiggling the seat for a drowsy driver.
In the case of a stressed driver, the car might expand and contract the seat to simulate the rhythm of deep breathing to calm the driver.
Toyota will be showing off an experimental vehicle using such technology at the Toyota Motor Show in late October 2017. Toyota says that it plans to have the technology ready for road tests by the year 2020.
Honda Motor Company is also working on several concept models which use similar technology.
The AP article notes that while such technology is interesting, it is likely to be sometime before it is available to the general public on new vehicles.
Source: An AP article appearing at usatoday.com on October 16, 2017 entitled “Toyota’s AI Could Soon Check Your Face to See if You’re Sleepy or Stressed” by Yuri Kageyama.