Researchers Developing Facial Recognition Technology for Cars

Facial recognition technologies are being used in a number of different areas, including surveillance and other fields. However, a team of researchers is now working on using similar technology to detect a motorist’s emotions and levels of distractions while he’s driving in order to identify his accident risks. Fremont personal injury lawyers believe that this interactive technology could be the next big thing in auto safety.

This research is being conducted by PSA Peugeot Citroen, in collaboration with the Transportation Center and Signal Processing 5 Laboratory of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The technology consists of a camera that can monitor the facial expressions of a motorist, and detect changing moods, levels of distraction and other changes that could possibly increase a motorist’s risk of an accident. Basically, the technology would look for changes in the driver’s expression that indicate that he is not up to the task of driving, or that his driving skills are beginning to deteriorate.

The technology is still in its preliminary stages, and is currently fitted into a prototype vehicle. The researchers are trying to enhance the technology, and make it more user-friendly by increasing the number of images that it can process. There are a number of challenges, however to transfer this technology to the real world. For instance, there is the question of where this camera can be mounted, so that it can monitor and capture changing expressions of a person’s face, without interfering with his ability to drive, or interfering with his vision. There is also the question of how to capture facial expressions when the driver begins to drive in a dark tunnel, or when visibility conditions become low.

This is not the first time that researchers have examined the use of facial recognition systems to monitor a driver’s facial expressions. Both Toshiba and BMW are currently working on similar research.