Automotive

What would roadside fatigue or drowsiness testing look like?

First, we had breath tests to test Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Then, we had saliva swabs to test for illegal drugs. Now, we could be seeing a test for drowsiness that completes the roadside test trifecta. Roadside drowsiness testing has rapidly become a popular discussion topic across social media, due to a recent announcement that …

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Preventative vs responsive drowsiness technology

When describing Optalert’s products to customers, I often use the word preventative along with ‘predictive’, ‘real-time’ and ‘anticipatory’. It is these words that set our technology apart from others. One word I seldom use is ‘responsive’. While we might appreciate the latter in terms of something that responds quickly to a need or error, all …

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NTC submission – autonomous vehicle trials

Australia’s National Transport Commission (NTC) has requested submissions for their paper on “National guidelines for automated vehicle trials”. The purpose is to have state and territory road transport agencies working under a common national approach on how they will regulate and support automated vehicle trials to ensure public safety. The NTC wants to provide certainty …

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Focussing on drowsiness detection in video systems

It’s hard to believe portable video cameras have been available since the 1980s. Sony and Panasonic were crucial players in the race toward market share with VHS technology winning the first major market battle. Of course digital technology is now favoured by manufacturers and developers alike, and so the market continues twisting and turning depending …

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Smart Eye video system receives certification as Optalert drowsiness score sensor

Historically, automotive manufacturers have focussed on the performance of the car but recently they have turned their attention to the driver. At one end, the automotive industry is taking the driver out of the equation as much as possible, and hence the increasing attention focussed on autonomous vehicles. As stated in previous blogs however, this technology …

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Optalert’s licensing opportunities for automotive manufacturers

In an exciting step towards a world without drowsy driving, Optalert is now opening up licensing opportunities to automotive manufacturers. Video cameras in cars In-built and mounted video cameras in cars (commonly known as ‘dash cams’) are fully focussed on events affecting a vehicle and can sometimes act as evidence should a road accident occur. …

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Semi-autonomous vehicles: are we all asleep at the wheel?

Semi-autonomous vehicles are real: self-driving Volvos are already on Swedish roads and will be commercially available next year, while in 2014, Tesla released their autopilot feature on their Tesla S model, which is being used on US highways. But what is meant by a “semi-autonomous” vehicle? The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), an automotive standards …

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