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article imageToshiba brings facial recognition to cars

By Brenton Currie     Jun 2, 2009 in Technology
Toshia has demonstrated new technology which allows drivers to control things such as the car radio using nothing but their face.
The system, which works by watching drivers eyes via a camera located above the steering wheel, could be used to alert drivers when they take their eyes off the road.
And that's not all. You can change the radio station you are listening to, and in the future it could possibly even pick up on when you become drowsy thanks to your eyelids closing.
And that's just the beginning says Toshiba spokesman Hiroko Mochida:
“By sensing which way the driver is gazing, the system has the ability to collaborate with advanced driver assistance systems and human-machine interface programs that alert the driver when something has gone wrong.”
Don't get too excited yet though - Toshiba doesn't have any plans to roll it out for commercial use for the time being, instead focusing on adding more features and getting many issues resolved such as working in poor light, effectively working with sunglasses and working around long hair.
Facial recognition has long been used for security purposes, and has recently over the past 5 or so years been included more and more in personal computers and laptops. It has yet to make a mark on cars though, but this appears to becoming closer to reality.
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