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Steering wheel camera 'detects angry drivers'

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Posted in Software on 16th Mar, 2014 11:35 PM by AlexMuller

A concept to embed facial recognition cameras into steering wheels to detect angry or upset drivers is being worked on by researchers. A team in Switzerland said irritated drivers could be more aggressive and less attentive, and therefore assessing emotional state could improve safety. Tests of the system showed promising levels of accuracy.

 

But one group representing the interests of drivers was not impressed. The researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne said their system "learned" to identify two emotions - anger and disgust - on the face of its test subjects.

 
Another use for the technology was said to be to detect driver fatigue by monitoring the percentage of eyelid closure. The camera was tested in both an office environment, and in a car provided by Peugeot Citroën. Facial expression recognition technology is already widely used, particularly in the video games industry.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-17
+2
Facial expression recognition technologies are being developed and applications can be many - one here to alert about an emotional state if a car driver has yet to demonstrate that this could provide advantages to them Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-17
+1
Some drivers seem to be against this concept full stop. They consider this a step too far and an intrusion. Indeed, what is the benefit for drivers?
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-17
+2
Anyway, the technology is not ready for use. There is a big challenge in making sure the emotion detection was reliable given that humans reactions and facial expressions can vary greatly. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-17
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I can see that this could be very powerful way for interactions in education and especially when using online route Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-17
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There are already efforts to develop a face-reading software mobile app. The aim is to be able to use the software to tell whether you’re enjoying a particular advertisement, or reacting negatively to the contents of a streaming video.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-17
+0
Yes, in AI the big problem is to improve interactions between humans and machines such as robots Reply
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