A concept to embed facial recognition cameras into steering wheels is being worked on by researchers in Switzerland who assert irritated drivers can be more aggressive and less attentive, meaning assessing emotional state can improve safety.
Tests have shown promising levels of accuracy in detecting when drivers are angry or upset. The researchers say the system “learned” to identify anger and disgust on the face of its test subjects. Another use for the technology could be to detect driver fatigue by monitoring percentage of eyelid closure.
“I don’t like the idea at all,” said Hugh Bladon, from the Association of British Drivers. “It’s an intrusion.”
The technology is acknowledged to be long way from being ready for use.