Drowsy or drunk driving is one of the main causes of major traffic accidents. Automakers are applying driver negligence monitoring technologies to prevent it.
Hyundai Mobis, parts manufacturing unit of Hyundai Motors, has created a smart cabin controller that can monitor and analyze various biometric signals such as driver posture, heart rate and brain waves in real time to ensure safe driving.
This safety technology is focused on occupants rather than vehicle performance, working autonomously from the overall package of the car and ensuring drivers are given the tools to drive as effectively as possible.
The company said this is the first time a dedicated health controller has been developed that can perform an integrated analysis of multiple vital signs.
Cheon Jae-seung, Head of R&D at Hyundai Mobis, said: “Based on the unique vital signs database that we have built, we will further upgrade this technology to provide more features including motion sickness prevention, stress management and blocking. drunk driving.”
The technology behind Hyundai Mobis’ new cabin controller
Mobis, which has dubbed the new technology the Smart Cabin Controller, said it is equipped with four sensors: a 3D camera to capture occupants’ posture, a steering wheel-mounted ECG sensor will keep a tab on the driver’s heart, an in-ear sensor will measure the brain waves flowing around the ears and an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) sensor will measure the cabin temperature/humidity and carbon dioxide level.
The controller analyzes various vital signs collected from these sensors in real-time to aid in safe driving.
Based on this information, an alarm can sound or be displayed on any of the vehicle’s digital display systems.
If the ECG sensor detects a high level of stress on the driver, it may recommend switching to autonomous switching mode or even stopping the vehicle if necessary.
It can open windows or switch to outdoor circulation mode if the CO2 level is too high. “This technology is expected to evolve further to be able to guide the vehicle to an emergency room in the event of an emergency such as cardiac arrest,” added Cheon Jae-seung.
Last year, Hyundai Mobis introduced ‘M.Brain’, a brainwave-based driver monitoring system, and ‘M.VICS’, an autonomous driving cockpit system equipped with several new health technologies, including an ECG sensor, driver and motion sickness monitoring camera. reduction technology.
Driver attention is assessed by combining driving data such as lane departure, steering wheel control, acceleration and deceleration, and other driver status data such as blink detection.