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Smarter Driver Monitoring Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236081D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

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Currently sleep deprived drivers pose a risk to other road users as their responsiveness drops their reaction times suffer and they may also drift on the road. Our idea improves on the existing art by detecting a problem earlier and attempting to address it before it gets to a critical state. We want to tailor it to a driver's preferences as some drivers will respond to different things better.

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Smarter Driver Monitoring Systems

Currently there are several stand alone solutions to this problem. The following is a discussion of the know art in the area.

    The following link discusses the problem of fatigue related crashes: http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/press-release/19-million-drivers-have-fatigue- related-car-crashes-or-near-misses-each-year Lane Detection Systems (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lane_departure_warning_system)

    Lane departure systems are common place in modern cars but are still extremely static. They work by detecting when the user moves out of their lane

whilst using cruise control and then alerts the driver. Some systems allow the driver to indicate and the system won't alert them.

    Rumble Strips at side of the road (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumble_strip) Rumble strips are an old fashioned way of alerting a driver that they have left their lane. This system doesn't specifically work for fatigued drivers, but for any driver leaving their lane however this system isn't at all intelligent and aren't present on all roads. Our system works in real time to detect what's going on around the user and their state of awake / sleep and customises alerts to suit them. Providing the best solution for the current user.

Puzzles: (http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/consumer&id=8408504)

    The above system uses puzzles to figure out how awake the pilot is. It measures their responsiveness and if it takes a user a while to respond then it this suggests their responsiveness has dropped.

    Monitoring system http://www.patentgenius.com/patent/6154123.html Monitors many stats about the driver and passes it straight through to decide if it needs to sound a buzzer or tell the driver to wake up.

    Heads up display https://www.google.com/patents/US8344894?dq=alert+driver&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PMB SUrqnLqia7Qban4DABA&ved=0CEcQ6AEwAg

    Monitors driving systems about the driver's drowsiness level and displays a preselected image on a heads up display.

    The drawbacks of these solutions are that they are a one size fits all solution, and it just suggests the drastic step of pulling over straight away when it detects a problem. We want to detect a problem earlier and attempt to address it before it gets to a critical state. We want to tailor it to a driver's preferences as some drivers

will respond to different things better.

    The core i...