Bosch Claims Driver Monitoring to Aid AV Handover

Bosch says it has developed an in-cab driver monitoring system featuring cameras and artificial intelligence (AI).

It uses a camera mounted in the steering wheel to detect driver behavior such as when eyelids are drooping, when there are signs of distraction and when the head is turned away from the road. AI uses the data to assess an inattentive driver and then recommends a break or even reduces the speed of the vehicle.

It is hoped that should autonomous driving reach mass market applications, the system could be used to advise the vehicle when the driver is ready and able to take over control of the car again when it needs to come out of the driverless mode.

Bosch says its system can also keep an eye on all the other passengers, whether next to or behind the driver. For this purpose, a camera mounted above or below the rear-view mirror monitors the entire passenger compartment. Use cases include when it notices whether children on the rear seats have unfastened their seat belts and warns the driver. The interior monitoring camera can tell what position passengers they are sitting in and set the airbags and belt tensioner to ensure the best possible protection.

The Tier 1 supplier suggests the system could go into production in 2022 in time for the EU’s mandate for driver monitoring safety technology as a standard feature in new vehicles. “If the car knows what its driver and occupants are doing, driving will become safer and more convenient,” says Harald Kroeger, a member of the Bosch board of management.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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