Hyundai Mobis will unveil the latest life-saving DDREM (Departed Driver Rescue & Exit Maneuver) technology at CES 2018. Mobis DDREM technology detects when a driver has dozed off and has begun to depart the road and autonomously guides the vehicle to safety.
DDREM uses three checkpoints to determine if a driver begins to depart from the driving role, and requires assistance. If departure is detected, DDREM technology takes over driving controls, scans the environment and guides the vehicle to a safe stopping point away from traffic.
- An infrared camera scans driver facial and eye movements to determine if the driver keeps eyes forward, changes blinking patterns or exhibits other signs of drowsiness. The camera used by Mobis has been tested and can “see” through glasses with ease;
- The technology looks for key identifiers used in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) – if the driver is moving in and out of a lane, crossing lanes, zigzagging or making erratic movements consistent with drowsy driving accidents; and
- If DDREM determines that the driver has fallen asleep, it transitions vehicle control to level 4 autonomous driving mode. The software uses vehicle hardware already found on most new cars – including electronic brakes, electric power steering, radars, and camera systems – as well as basic mapping and GPS to identify a safe place for the vehicle to pull over and stop. In most “rescue” cases, DDREM will only need to function in full autonomy mode for less than a mile, minimizing the exposure and complexity of the self-driving system.
As OEMs, suppliers and technology companies race to bring level four and five autonomy to market, the conversation is centered around the complexity, infrastructure and governance required for full autonomy. Because DDREM is solely focused on using autonomous driving to save lives – rather than as convenience technology – the solution could be introduced in new vehicles across OEMs much more quickly and cost-effectively.