Harman Debuts Upgraded Driver Monitoring at CES

Harman claims to have created the automotive industry’s closed-loop cabin occupant monitoring system to promote driver and wellbeing.

Launch at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Harman’s upgraded Ready Care suite claims to measure a driver’s eye activity, cognitive load and vital signs to determine the level of focus and attention on the road ahead. Ready Care sensors claim also to detect if a child is left unattended in the vehicle.

Using neuroscience, artificial intelligence and machine learning, the system classifies a driver’s behavior into a focused versus distracted state and initiates a personalized in-cabin response to help mitigate dangerous driving situations, such as stress, anxiety, distraction and drowsiness.

It deploys in-car radar technology from Caaresys, a company Harman acquired in September 2022. Now, Ready Care adds to its rich feature set contactless measurement of human vital signs such as heart rate, breathing rate and inter-beat levels to determine a driver’s state of wellbeing.

Armin Prommersberger, senior vice-president of product management at , said: “With its unique ability to deliver customized and personalized driver interventions via a closed-loop approach, from detections via analysis to tailored interventions like adjusting the temperature, audio settings and vehicle lighting, Ready Care offers solutions and protective intelligence that constantly prioritizes the driver’s wellbeing.”

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

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