An Extra Set Of Robotic Eyes To Keep The Driver Awake
from the where's-the-clown-spray dept
It’s been well over two years since IBM first announced plans to put a virtual clown in your car. The idea was that it would monitor whether or not the driver was paying attention to the road or getting drowsy or whatever, and would tell the driver jokes or even spray water in the driver’s face to keep him or her awake. Yes, it would be the virtual Bozo the Clown riding shotgun. Not much has come of that plan, but others seem to be working on similar – though, less clown-like – systems. A company named Seeing Machines, with backing from Volvo, is working on a similar system that will sound an alarm if it thinks the driver isn’t paying enough attention to the road. They think it could prevent quite a few accidents – though, I wonder how many false alarms it will take before people just start disconnecting the alerting system?