Jaguar, Intel, Seeing Machines & Sleepy Drivers
This is a Jaguar F-Type R Coupe:
It features all-wheel drive and a 550-hp supercharged V8. It can be propelled from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It has an electronically limited top speed of 189 mph.
Chances are, anyone who has the opportunity to drive one is probably going to be in a near-constant state of exhilaration.
Which sort of makes last week’s presentation at the Intel booth at CES of an F-Type prototype seem rather curious.
Jaguar is working with Intel and Seeing Machines, a computer-vision company, on a Driver Monitor System (DMS).
The DMS is based on sensors that are mounted in the dashboard. They are used to detect eye and facial movements of the driver. The setup can even track the eyes when the driver is wearing sunglasses.
Intel is deploying its Core i7 chips for the DMS.
Should the eye/face movements indicate a state wherein it is likely that the driver has become inattentive or drowsy, then the system fires up an alert.
According to Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director, "The attention-monitoring technology we are showcasing at CES has huge potential for road safety. If the driver's gaze moves towards the infotainment screen or out of a side window, and the car identifies this, then the system could alert the driver to hazards earlier. DMS could even enhance settings in safety systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking, to reflect the driver's lack of attention. As the car drives up to a hazard, the brakes could engage autonomously sooner because the car realizes the driver has not seen the danger ahead."
Given the amount of stuff that automakers are installing in vehicles of an infotainment nature, distraction is most certainly a possibility.
But as for becoming drowsy in the F-Type R. . .not too likely.
Of course, given the capabilities of that car, the person behind the wheel really need be attentive.
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