Starting to nod off behind the wheel? Not if the Integrated Eyetracker can help it.
The compact digital camera system, being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Germany, tracks drivers' eye movements. If it spots the peepers shut beyond a user-defined interval, it sounds an alarm to keep the driver from dozing off.
Up to six dashboard-mounted cameras with lenses just 3 to 4 millimeters in diameter keep watch over the motorist, evaluating up to 200 images per second to identify the line of vision, even when a driver's head moves left or right.
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