Everyone knows nodding off at the wheel is a no-no, but sometimes tiredness creeps up on motorists. The Denso Passenger Eye is a concept dashboard, unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, which reads facial expressions to detect tiredness and more.
The Passenger Eye packs a digital camera into the dashboard, and pairs it with motors so it can swivel and tilt.
Check out our video and you’ll see it tracks the driver’s head as they move, and by analysing 17 points on your face, it’ll detect early signs of tiredness. Get too tired, and it’ll flash red lights on the dashboard surround, and automatically highlight nearby coffee shops using the car’s built-in satnav.
The whole thing pairs up with a smartphone, in this case an iPhone, to work its magic. Functions are ‘flicked’ from the smartphone’s screen up to the dashboard, and include a 3D speedometer which places more emphasis on your current speed than your potential or previous speeds.
It’s all the stuff of concept at the moment, but iPhones in our dashboard? Yes please Denso!