Tesla is reportedly testing a new safety-focused feature in its cars. According to hacker green, the camera on board the passenger compartment will soon be able to detect signs of fatigue in the driver, such as yawning and blinking. However, we do not yet know what the manufacturer plans to do with this information.
Despite all the technological innovations that Tesla embeds, the manufacturer has often been the target of criticism for its apparent lack of interest in driver safety. Indeed, few functions aim to increase this aspect of driving, compared to the possibilities offered by these innovations. Arguably the most notable so far is the hands-on-steering wheel detection which allows the vehicle to ensure that the driver is always alert to the road ahead.
However, the cars also have a camera inside the cabin, which directly films the owner of the car. For the moment, this is only used to ensure that it looks at the road and not smartphone for example. But in the future, it could prove to be much more useful. This is what the green hacker, specializing in cars from the firm of Elon Musk, reveals on his Twitter account.
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Tesla could soon detect signs of fatigue in drivers
“They now analyze other data, such as the number of recent yawns the driver has had, the number of eye blinks and their duration, tilt. All this makes it possible to calculate the degree of drowsiness of the driver », thus indicates green. Furthermore, this technology is not only active during autonomous driving journeys, but also when the driver has complete control of the car.
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According to green, these data could also make it possible to “see if the ride is well centered, how many lane keeping assist warnings and corrections have occurred”. It’s still difficult to predict exactly how Tesla intends to use this technology, or even if it will soon be rolled out to the general public.
But it also looks like they are planning to apply this even when not on AP (which is a very right move!) by seeing how well centered the driving is, how many lane keep assist warnings and corrections happened lately.
— green (@greentheonly) May 13, 2023