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Bosch Creates A.I. System for Vehicles to Detect Drowsy or Inattentive Drivers

The German multinational engineering and technology company, Bosch, has announced its development of an “interior monitoring system” designed for cars, with artificial intelligence (AI) and cameras. 

The newfound system is ready to go with several cameras and production could start as soon as 2022, the firm confirmed. 

With a camera embedded in the steering wheel, the technology can detect when a person has heavy eyes, is closing their eyes or if they are turning their heads towards the back or the passenger side.  

AI evaluates the information fed and the technology can command several actions such as issuing a warning to distracted drivers, suggesting a break, and even going as far as slowing down the vehicle.  Bosch assures that the information taken in by the interior monitoring system is “neither saved nor passed on to third parties.”

In addition, extra cameras are also used on a car’s rearview mirror to warn drivers of potential problems like a child removing their seatbelt. 

All new cars within the European Union’s market will be required to have “advanced safety systems,” starting in 2022. Meaning that all vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, and vans must-have safety features such as driver drowsiness and attention warning systems; reversing detection systems; and event data recorders.

The company stated that their system would be used to oversee drivers and if needed enable the vehicle “to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.”

With this technology, the car will be able to limit speed or slow down and if need be park the car in a secure location. Installation of the Bosch system will begin in early 2020.