Breaking News
Blog

Vision-Based Automotive Safety Systems Go Mainstream

Jeff Bier
7/8/2013 01:50 PM EDT

 7 comments   post a comment
NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
junko.yoshida
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Behavioral change needed too
junko.yoshida   7/9/2013 11:01:42 PM
NO RATINGS
Boy, you ARE old-fashioned, Tom!

But I know what you mean. I happened to move into a new apartment equipped with talking elevators, whose job seems to be announcing "going up" or "going down" every time when I step inside. I can't shut them up.

Why is this elevator talking to me? (but of course, if I am visually impaired, I am sure I would feel different about this.)

The challenge for designers of any "automated" system is to truly understand what's necessary (rather than nice-to-have features), and make sure to give options and flexibility for users to turn it off.

 

Tom Murphy
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Behavioral change needed too
Tom Murphy   7/9/2013 9:43:59 PM
NO RATINGS
Call me old fashioned ("You're old fashioned!!!)  but I don't like the direction this road is heading.  Maybe it's because the fondest memories I have are of setting my own course on the open roads of summer, relying on my own keen senses to gauge the beauty and cruelty of the world around me. Instead, soon we'll have a car that scolds me for driving too fast, taking a turn too tightly, or maybe just stealing a kiss as the sun sets in the west. ("No kissing!!" Zap!!)

What next, machines that force you to exercise, tell you to put down that corndog, or scold you for watching crappy TV shows?  

Gimme map full of blue-lines and a 68 Camaro ragtop and I'll find my own way.

mcgrathdylan
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Machines that can see
mcgrathdylan   7/9/2013 9:29:38 PM
NO RATINGS
Personally, I'm pleased that advances in technology are making driving safer. I know there are those who complain about the costs being added to vehicles by safety mandates and I understand that that can create problems. But to me the improvements in safety far outweigh the added cost. Case in point: vehicle related fatalities in the U.S. have been on a downward trend for several years (altough they rose slightly in 2012).

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year

junko.yoshida
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Behavioral change needed too
junko.yoshida   7/9/2013 4:21:41 PM
NO RATINGS
Wow, an electric shock? Ouch! But hey, if that saves people's lives...

Yes, I would definitely like to learn more about systems that evaluate the driver's attention. Looking forward to your next installment!

JeffBier
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Behavioral change needed too
JeffBier   7/9/2013 1:15:59 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree.  In a future blog post, I'll discuss systems that assess the driver's attention and fatigue, some of which use vision (for example, to track where the driver is looking).  If it were up to me, an electric shock would be administered through the seat if the driver looks away from the road for more than a second or two while the vehicle is in motion. :-)

kfield
User Rank
Blogger
Behavioral change needed too
kfield   7/9/2013 10:04:12 AM
NO RATINGS
I am terrified as well when I see drivers who are obviously texting, checking email, applying makeup and all sorts of other things behind the wheel. While I applaud the advent of vision to help make us all safer drivers, we at the same time need to find better ways to discourage this kind of distracted behavior to begin with.

junko.yoshida
User Rank
Blogger
Machines that can see
junko.yoshida   7/8/2013 9:46:16 PM
NO RATINGS
Jeff, I am always a big fan of your advocacy on "Machines that can see." It's great to see vison-based automotive safety systems are coming on line.

That said, when more and more machine vision-equipped automotive safety systems put to real practices, I wonder what specific lessons the embedded vision community is learning. 

Are there any learnings -- or unexpected or unintended consequences--you can share with us?What challenges still remain for the industry solve?

Most Recent Comments
MeasurementBlues
 
GSMD
 
rick merritt
 
rick merritt
 
resistion
 
antedeluvian
 
baybal
 
antedeluvian
 
antedeluvian
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Top Comments of the Week