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Unobtrusive Physiological Driver Monitoring 

We spend an average of 100 minutes a day in our cars. This explains the growing demand for intelligent cars with a great variety of sensors and features to increase comfort, safety and ease of use. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is a rapidly expanding market – with over 5 million cameras expected to be used in driver and passenger monitoring by 2021. 

However, most of the current ADAS technologies focus on just measuring the environment of the car.  Monitoring of the driver has been limited to the use of cameras and glasses that perform computations for eye gaze, face & emotion recognition and head positioning with the purpose of estimating the driver’s alertness, drowsiness and fatigue.

None of these technologies provide any direct physiological information about the driver, such as respiration, heart rate, and heart electrical activity, even though these can also be important indicators to assess alertness, drowsiness and fatigue. And the same goes for the driver’s emotional state (detecting rage, fear or stress) and general health.

In this demo, we present imec’s solution for unobtrusive physiological driver monitoring. It monitors the driver’s physiological signals by fusing different technologies.

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