Drowsiness can cause many problems. Situations when the driver of the “big truck” on a busy highway fell asleep at the wheel end much more tragic.
The solution to this problem was presented by engineers of the Japanese Corporation Panasonic. Based on the results of joint research with a number of universities, they created a conceptual solution that not only tracks the moment when fatigue and drowsiness begins to attack a person (even if he doesn’t notice it yet!), But also provides further dynamics and can create conditions in which man will no longer want to sleep.
The development is framed in the form of a passenger compartment, in the front of which a camera with a face recognition system, as well as infrared and temperature sensors connected to an artificial intelligence system are embedded. Panasonic collected and processed an extensive database of images of people in different states (falling asleep, joy, sadness, etc.). Her psychological analysis and subsequent verification, together with the Ohara Memorial Institute for the Institute of Science of Labor, allowed us to create an accurate classification of external signs corresponding to different degrees of drowsiness.
Most people, falling asleep, involuntarily give characteristic non-verbal signals. Facial expressions, slow blinking and even change in body temperature clearly indicate that the driver will soon lose control of himself and the vehicle. Panasonic technology is contactless and accurately captures the features of blinking and changing expressions on its face.
Having recognized these signs at an early stage, artificial intelligence will not allow a person to disconnect.
And it will make it much more tender than all the devices that existed until now, which have awakened their owners with the help of harsh sounds or unpleasant vibrations.
People do not fall asleep in a cool and brightly lit environment, so you can bring back to sleep a dream by simply lowering the temperature in the room.
At the same time, it is important to find a fine line, when a person will be quite vigorous, but also not numb.
A joint study with the Nara Women’s University allowed Panasonic engineers to develop a technology to assess the “individual sensation of temperature.” It can be used inside the car, where not only the temperature, but also the distribution of air flow from the air conditioner are of particular importance.
Climate control works to the driver’s individual response (which even depends on the amount of clothing worn on the person), the system will help him stay awake.
The new Panasonic solution is based on 22 patents and can be used not only in the production of private and industrial vehicles, but also in offices and educational institutions (in an adapted form). The first samples of the system for testing will be available from October 2017.