Mitsubishi Electric has developed an in-vehicle monitoring system with a single wide-angle camera to detect both the driver and front passenger simultaneously. Conventional in-vehicle monitoring systems generally use a single camera to analyze the driver’s face for drowsiness or distraction. More recent imaging systems monitor the driver as well as the front passenger but require several cameras. Mitsubishi Electric has refined this concept by developing a technology that uses just one wide-angle camera to identify both the face and hand gestures of the driver and front passenger. This allows OEMs to offer a range of safety and personalization features at a lower cost.
With features in development to monitor upper body position and detect slumping or collapsing, this technology may soon be able to identify medical emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke. In such circumstances, the vehicle could take immediate action by dialing emergency services or even rerouting to a nearby hospital. The gestures and postures of the passengers can also be used as inputs for various infotainment features where the vehicle could detect the mood of the passengers to give personalized service in form of setting ambiance of the cars including lights and music, the passengers could even give commands to the car through gestures.
It is known that Mitsubishi Electric is a global supplier of in-vehicle infotainment, telematics, and safety systems. This technology is expected to launch commercially in 2018.