Eye tracker hopes to improve road safety

An eye tracking system on show at Computex in Taipei, might be the answer to creating safer roads. It uses a small camera mounted on the dashboard to monitor the driver for unsafe actions.

A webcam positioned just above the steering wheel is aimed at the driver. UTechzone developed the software used by the system, which can detect blink frequency, the direction the driver is looking, and mobile phone usage. The system offers an audible alert when the driver is doing something he shouldn’t. It can even detect when the driver is drowsy and alert him.

The maker of the system is talking to car manufacturers about using the system, though they’re not saying which ones.

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