Saturday, October 6, 2012

Application will warn drivers if being unsafe

App Crams Driver Aids Into Android Phone
A new Android app will bring lane derivation warnings and driver fatigue alerts. Developed by computer science researchers at Dartmouth College and led by Professor Andrew Campbell, uses data from smartphone cameras and internal mechanisms to warn drivers if they’re being unsafe.

The phone sits on the dash, with the rear-facing camera looking out to the road ahead, and the front-facing camera to see the driver’s countenance. Because both won’t run simultaneously, the app switches rapidly between the two cameras. 

It will watch the road more if the user is attentive and not registering any microsleep patterns, or it will watch the driver more if the driver is closing their eyes for more than 500 milliseconds, a symptom of microsleep.