Did you know that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 3,000 people die every day and about 100,000 are seriously injured in road accidents around the world? Every year, between 20 and 50 million people are injured in accidents of various kinds and the victims are over 1.25 million, including 186,000 children. And this indicator has remained virtually unchanged since 2007.
Why are we so used to it and take it for granted? Why aren’t we fighting this terrible problem with the technology we have in the 21st century?
Let’s face it: people drive badly
Statistically, over 90% of accidents are caused by people. And there can be many reasons. The driver can be tired, distracted by a smartphone or other, asleep at the wheel, drunk or inexperienced, etc.
Car manufacturers and IT companies are developing safety and ADAS systems that detect objects on the road and help avoid collisions. But here a new problem arises. With the advent of advanced ADAS systems and autonomous vehicles, some drivers rely too much on autopilot. And Tesla’s not uncommon accidents in autopilot mode confirm this.
DMS – the solution to the problem of distracted drivers
The solution to this problem should be a computerized driver monitoring system. With a camera that always looks at the driver and follows his conditions. And the DMS can even stop the car in an emergency situation or if the driver falls asleep.
A research team from IIHS and MIT conducted a study that found that “the longer drivers used ride automation systems, the more often they took their hands off the wheel while using their phones or interacting with the driver. cab electronics “. The study used cars with adaptive cruise control and Pilot Assist.