Connected Cars Will Monitor Drivers for Signs of Fatigue

It’s not just other cars vehicles will be in constant contact with, they’ll be keeping close watch on their drivers too.

For many intelligent transportation enthusiasts, the forthcoming day the first autonomous vehicle rolls off the assembly line will be like Christmas morning. And like Santa Claus, such cars will know when you are sleeping and know when you’re awake.

In this short video – the technology behind the HARKEN Project is explained. The system uses embedded, nonintrusive in-cars sensors to monitor a driver’s heart rate and respiration. The car is able to determine if its driver is suffering from fatigue and warn him that his driving ability has become impaired.

The project, part of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme
, aims to address the 7,000 fatigue-related fatalities that occur annually on EU roadways.