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In-Car Cameras Are Now Watching Every Little Thing You Do

Instead of just monitoring for fatigue, this advanced camera system even knows when you're on the phone or texting while behind the wheel.

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge

Gone are the days where you could hop in your car and escape to somewhere for a little privacy.

That’s because cameras that were put in cars to catch drivers falling asleep are now catching…well, everything.

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have now developed a smart-car camera system that can “figure out exactly what a driver is doing,” according to a new Gizmodo report.

And already the camera is being positioned as “potentially improving the safety of semi-autonomous driving features” and a feature that could help drivers in semi-autonomous vehicles pay attention to the road.

The “appeal” of these points is what prompted the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation to come up with a camera that uses AI powered image recognition to construct a digital sketch of the driver – which then, in turn, provides enough details for the system to guess what the driver is doing. The system can determine things like when a driver is sipping a cup of coffee or looking at their phone.

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The vehicle can then make a determination if the driver is paying attention, prompting a semi-autonomous system to determine how distracted they could be.

Eventually, researchers want to expand the system to be able to recognize when a driver points to a certain direction in situations like automated parking.

This article (In-Car Cameras Are Now Watching Every Little Thing You Do) was originally published on Zero Hedge and is published under a Creative Commons license.

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