The new frontier for the smart driving is the intervention of the Electronic Technology because this type of technology is developing a new impact on the driver comfort and on his safety. A huge example of what the electronics technology can do for a driver of a smart car is represented by the Nuance Company that is developing a platform called Dragon Drive to make the driving experience interactive and with an unprecedented level of comfort:
“Nuance’s Dragon Drive platform enables the user experience of tomorrow in the cars of today, understanding individual preferences, personalizing entertainment and executing complex, contextual commands. It can find preferred parking, play users' favorite songs, direct them to the best-priced gas stations and turn up the voices they need to hear while muting the ones they don’t. Nuance supports automakers with capabilities that maximize the safety, productivity and enjoyment of customer journeys while elevating the identity of each unique brand” (Source: Nuance.com) (see Figure 1):
The Dragon’s Drive voice recognition system
Such a smart interactive system could also recognize and scan the eye of the driver in order to individualize his preferences; for example, if the driver looks at restaurants, the ocular scanning of his eye will give all the information on the infotainment system about the price, the menu and the opening hours of the selected restaurant.
The smart car could also understand if the driver is searching for parking and in case of rain, the e-car will propose an indoor park place.
How it is possible? Ocular scanning is the answer.
Eyesight Company, as an example, is developing software for artificial intelligence applied to the real time analysis of the eyes of the driver to identify the driver and to memorize his preferences like seat position regulations and mirror positions preferred by the detected driver. This is not enough: the infrared sensors could monitor the position of the eyes, their inclination, the frequency of the eye’s openings/closures; the data coming from the sensors is processed by the software to decide to bring back the attention of the driver to the road by means of an audio and visual alarm (see Figure 2):
eyeSight’s sensing solutions for the in-car environment, track the driver’s attention on the road, detecting when the driver is distracted or shows signs of drowsiness or simply the direction of sight.
By tracking gaze direction, eye openness and head position, eyeSight’s driver monitoring solution can identify in real-time distracted driving, for instance; when the driver looks at their phone or away from the road for too long the in-car system can alert the driver to focus on driving.
The technology also detects drowsiness of a driver by tracking the eyes and head position; when eyes are closing or head dropping an alert can be activated to wake the driver up.
With advanced gaze detection capabilities eyeSight’s technology can enable contextual control based on the driver’s gaze trajectory. According to the direction of the gaze, the relevant HUD section or augmented content on the windshield can be highlighted enabling further interaction with the relevant content.
Upper body detection
By tracking the driver’s upper body posture together with the head pose, airbag deployment systems can be adjusted in real-time to help minimize any possible injuries.” (Source: eyeSight)
eyeSight’s sensing solutions for real time scanning of the eye of the driver to enhance his comfort and safety (Source: eyeSight/Automotive)
This is a new frontier for Electronics Technology because in this way Electronic Systems may help the driver and could lead to an unprecedented comfort and safety level. What do you think of the ocular scanning solution?