Volvo introduces the Driver Knowledge System

In search of reaching his goal of a future without collisionsthe Swedish automaker Volvo Cars, has just introduced the new Driver Knowledge Systemwhich will be released as standard in the Volvo EX90, a vehicle that will be presented on November 9 of this year.

This system, which complements[asetofadvancedsensorsinstalledontheoutsideofthevehicleisbasedonasimpleconcept:«[aunconjuntodesensoresavanzadosinstaladosenelexteriordelvehículoestábasadoenunconceptosimple:«and a volvo vehicle can understand that the driver is not in optimal conditions to drive, he will be able to take measures to avoid accidents«.

The Driver Knowledge System uses two cameras to capture the first signs that the driver is not feeling well or not paying attention to the road. First observe the driver’s eye-gaze patterns. Then by measuring how long the driver looks at the road and allowing for natural variations, the system determines whether or not the driver’s gaze (or mind) is focused on driving.

Volvo Cars - Driver Knowledge System
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If the driver sees the road very little, it can be a visual distraction that, for example, may be that he is looking at his smartphone. In the case of looking too much, with his eyes fixed on one point, it can also imply a problem, which can be a cognitive distraction, which could mean he is so focused on his thoughts that he cannot understand what he sees. .

Volvo Cars - Driver Knowledge System
Image Volvo Cars

Another important part of Driver Knowledge System It is the steering wheel of the vehicle. This important part has its function in this new system as it detects if the driver lets go of the steering wheel and if this happens, it controls the steering stability.

According to the automaker in Gothenburg, Sweden, “By using our patented technology for real-time detection of gaze patterns and steering wheel movements, the vehicle will be able to take appropriate action to assist the driver when needed. Assistance can begin with a simple warning signal that increases in volume depending on the severity of the situation. If the driver does not respond to the increasingly clear warnings, the vehicle may come to a safe stop on the shoulder and send warning signals to other drivers with the hazard lights.«.

Commenting on this new system, the specialized technician of the Volvo Cars Safety Center, Emma Tivesten, pointed out that «Studies show that just by looking at where a driver is looking and how long their eyes are closed, we can tell a lot about their condition. Basing its calculations on the results of the studies, the detection system allows our vehicles to identify if the driver’s ability has decreased, perhaps due to drowsiness, distraction or any other cause of distraction, and offer additional assistance in the best way for each situation. ».

For his part, Thomas Broberg, acting head of the Volvo Cars Safety Center, had this to say: “We have made great strides in outdoor detection in the last few decades thanks to our work and commitment to collision detection systems. For us, indoor detection is one of the next frontiers in security. Step by step we will continue to learn, develop and roll out new features to improve security as our knowledge grows and matures.”

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