Smart car seat keeps you awake
We all know how tiresome can be driving for hours and especially in the night. But now the risk of snoozing on the road is gone with this new smart seat that are capable of detecting when its occupant is on the verge of falling asleep. They were unveiled at the University of Tokyo in February.
The seat is equipped with a pair of pulse-monitoring pressure sensors in the seat-back and a set of respiration-monitoring sensors underneath. The researchers successfully tested the system in a variety of simulated and actual driving conditions, and they claim it works effectively even when the driver is bundled in layers of clothing. This newly developed smart car seat does not require the driver to wear any special hardware — it can detect drowsiness as long as the driver remains in the seat.
Though the seat can sense when the driver is sleepy, it is not yet equipped to respond. The next step will be to outfit the seat with an alarm function that is automatically activated when its occupant becomes drowsy. The researchers hope to make the smart seat commercially available in 5 years.