Mitsubishi Electric Develops Driver Monitoring System with Wide-Angle Camera

05-Oct-2017 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 10:10 AM Print This Post

First system to simultaneously monitor driver and front passenger
with one wide-angle camera

Electric Corporation
(TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has
developed the first in-vehicle driver monitoring system using one
wide-angle camera to detect the driver and front passenger
simultaneously. The technology is expected to contribute to enhanced
driving safety and when it launches commercially sometime from around
2018. Mitsubishi Electric will exhibit its driver monitoring system
during the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 at the Tokyo Big Sight
exhibition complex in Tokyo from October 27 to November 5.

Conventional driver-monitoring systems generally use a camera to analyze
the driver’s face for inattentiveness or drowsiness. Recent imaging
systems monitor not only the driver but also the front passenger for
added safety and convenience. Mitsubishi Electric has now developed a
technology that uses just one wide-angle camera to monitor both the
driver and the front passenger and warn them about potentially dangerous
driving behavior, such as looking off to the side or sleepiness, and to
identify face and hand gestures for enhanced assistance, such as
changing air conditioning settings.

Key Features

1) Monitoring both driver and front passenger for
enhanced safety and convenience

  • Monitor both the driver and the front passenger to provide automated
    assistance, such as adjusting the air conditioning or audio
    entertainment system.
  • Recognition of hand gestures of both the driver and the front
    passenger to control various in-vehicle devices.
  • To-be-developed detection of not only heads but also upper bodies to
    detect potentially dangerous behavior, such as abnormal postures
    including slumping over or collapsing backwards.

2) Flexible installation of camera position

  • The wide-angle camera can be installed flexibly within the vehicle and
    eliminates the need to install a second camera for the front passenger.

Pending patents

40 in Japan and 22 outside of Japan.

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