Panasonic Corporation claims to have developed technology that could prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel by monitoring drowsiness levels and adjusting air conditioning to keep people awake.
The technology detects and predicts a person’s level of drowsiness across a five level range by measuring factors such as blinking and heat loss then processing these signals using artificial intelligence.
Using this data, Panasonic’s new technology predicts transitions in the driver’s drowsiness level. Samples will be available from October 2017, the company said.
The system extracts an outline of the eyes and monitors time sequence shifts in blinking features by checking the opening between the eyelids. Photographic images are compared with a database collated by Panasonic of various drowsiness measurements with around 1,800 parameters related to blinking and facial features.
Panasonic also conducted research that showed the heat loss from a person’s body correlated with a person’s drowsiness after prescribed time lapses, regardless of what they were wearing. The company developed technology to measure heat loss from a person’s body with its infrared array sensor Grid-EYE.
By applying the infrared array sensor Grid-EYE, an individual’s level of thermal sensation can be constantly monitored and air conditioning applied to help keep them awake.