Feeds

Toshiba demos facial recognition for cars

Alerts drowsy drivers to dangerous driving

The next step in data security

Toshiba has demoed an in-car facial recognition system that’ll alert dozy drivers to their dodgy driving, or simply help them change the radio without taking their hands off of the wheel.

Tosh_facial_recognition

Toshiba's system looks at drivers from eight different points
Image courtesy of Tech On

At a recent automotive exhibition in Japan, Toshiba explained how a camera mounted on the steering wheel column assesses the driver from eight views, checking how frequently they look around the windscreen, at either wing mirror and towards the navigation or audio system.

The camera can catch out dozy drivers by assessing their blink rate, after which the system will sound an alert to the driver that’ll hopefully wake them up.

Alert drivers can also control their satnav or stereo while keeping both hands on the wheel, because algorithms can be created that’ll link facial expressions and viewing direction to a particular function.

For example, the system could be trained to recognise that looking across at the radio with a particular expression means the driver wants to change radio stations.

“By sensing which way the driver is gazing, the system has the ability to collaborate with advanced driver assistance systems and human-machine interface programs,” Toshiba spokesman Hiroko Mochida told Wired.

There are some drawbacks to the technology, though. It can’t used when the driver’s wearing sunglasses - rendering facial recognition on bright sunny days a no-no. Long-haired drivers can also limit the technology’s effectiveness.

Toshiba hasn’t announced any plans to commercialise the technology. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis
Musk charging nearly half as much as Boeing for crew trips
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction
Mangalyaan probe will feel the burn of orbital insertion on September 24th
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.