Toshiba exhibited a system that detects the face and eye directions of the driver using images shot with a camera at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2009, which took place at Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, from May 20 to 22.
This system can recognize which area the driver is looking at. And it can be used to alert the driver to inattentive driving or to operate the navigation system by combining the eye direction and manually-operated switches. The company doesn’t have a plan for the timing of its commercialization.
The system used in the demonstration recognized which of eight areas was being looked at by the driver. The eight areas are the left, center and right areas of the windshield, the left mirror, the right mirror, the meters, the car navigation system and the audio system. The system can also be used to alert the driver to drowsy driving by detecting blinks in the future.