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Driver Impairment Detection and Reaction System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248678D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 128K

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A system and method for reducing traffic accidents due to detectable medical conditions is disclosed.

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Driver Impairment Detection and Reaction System

Disclosed is a system and method for reducing traffic accidents due to detectable medical conditions.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. It is reasonable to assume that medical conditions that affect functional capabilities (e.g., sensory, motor, or cognitive functioning) contribute to these deaths. The goal of this system and method is to detect any condition(s) that may adversely affect a drivers ability as soon the first warning signs appear. Once the condition is detected, the system either alerts the driver or in the case of a driver assisted or driverless car communicates to the car to begin the process of getting the car safely stopped.

The disclosed system and method applies analytic analysis to information received from the following:

Wearable devices.1. Data from sensors that are embedded inside the driver’s body.2. Data from the cars computer systems to detect any erratic driving.3. Data from devices that are not typically found in an automobile, for example a pulse4. sensor which is typically found on exercise equipment. The sensors that are part of the car, for example the speed sensor. This may5. include non-traditional sensors, such as:

Pulse sensor imbedded into the steering wheel.a. Pulse socks.b. Electrocardiogram (ECG) seat sensor.c.

Driver specific medical history.6. Any drugs that the driver may be taking.7.

The system continually analyzes the input from all available sensors. When the analysis detects a condition that could impair a driver’s ability to drive safely it communicates with the car’s navigation system (if one is available) to begin slowing down and moving the automobile to a safe location. If no navigation system is available, the system alerts the driver.

Figure 1 depicts an example of the hardware architecture for the method disclosed herein. It comprises a microprocessor 101, memory 103, one or more chips for the communication protocols that are supported, e.g. Ethernet if the com ports support Ethernet. These pieces communicate via a system bus 104. Memory 103 can be either flash, a hard disk, optical storage, solid-state memory, or any other type of medium or a mixture of types. Processor 101 controls the operation of th...