With a constantly changing lifestyle, health monitoring has become an important aspect of human life. The automobile industry is working closely with the healthcare sector to ensure driver road safety by implementing advanced healthcare analytics. The major player in this case is Artificial intelligence (AI) powered algorithms, designed around monitoring driver condition, behavior, and health.
The in-vehicle driver monitoring technology revolves around biometric feedback sensors and cameras. This form of driver monitoring is classified as ‘Active Driver Monitoring’.
The biometric feedback sensors are positioned near the driver’s seat, seatbelt, or the steering wheel for health analysis. These sensors are programmed to obtain data with respect to heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, body moisture, body pressure, and body temperature. Another way to obtain driver health data is via a wearable device. Driver health monitoring systems work in conjunction with other safety systems like ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems).
Some of the key parameters for driver health monitoring solutions include:
Some key companies that are working towards driver health analytics:
Key suppliers and start-ups involved in driver Health Analytics:
DENSO: Driver status monitor of DENSO performs visual analysis of driver’s condition based on driver’s face. It detects distraction, drowsiness and then alerts the driver of any potential danger
SMART EYE: Eye-tracking tech used in development of driver’s environment
ADAM (Adaptive Driver Attention Management): This Israel-based start-up has claimed to have added a “cognition layer” driver analytics system
Scientists at Toyota and Mazda are in the process of developing an in-vehicle cardiac monitoring system. The research is focused on developing predictive AI algorithms that can detect cardiac events before they happen. The aim is to install cardiac sensors directly into vehicles so that the vehicle can detect the heart anomaly and warn the driver and in case where driver is unresponsive, the car can pullover and stop and generate an alert for help.
Experts suggest that by 2025, cars will no longer be just a basic transportation resource but a complete package with driver safety at priority. Automotive giants such as Tata, Toyota, Mazda, Volkswagen and Hyundai are working towards creating safer cars and one that can monitor driver’s vitals.
Driver health monitoring systems will surely enhance the driver safety and make the commute safer. Such systems are important in today’s world where stress-induced health fatalities are on the rise.