Kerala MVD officers develop system to detect sleeping drivers


B Ajith Raj

The project, titled driver drowsiness and fatal accident prevention system, has been approved by the department and will be made available to the public for a reasonable price.

Thiruvananthapuram: Vehicle inspectors of the Kerala Motor Vehicles Department have developed a system to recognise and alert drivers who fall asleep behind the wheels. The system, which was developed as part of a BTech project of CUSAT, uses facial recognition technology.

The project, titled driver drowsiness and fatal accident prevention system has been approved by the department and will be made available to the public for a reasonable price. This feature already exists in luxury cars.

This equipment is costly in the market. “We will take measures to instal the system in as many vehicles as possible,” Transport Minister Antony Raju said.

A night-vision camera fixed in the cabin will monitor the driver and detect if the driver dozes off by analysing the facial expressions and movements of the eyebrows. It will disconnect the accelerator immediately and alert the driver. Vehicles with a manual gearbox will jerk as the vehicle slows down.

The system was developed by Motor Vehicle Inspectors, DD Arun, A Noufal, NK Deepu, PV Vijesh and Assistant Vehicle Inspectors, VV Vineeth and S Ranjith. Even though it costs Rs 25,000, large scale production will make it cheaper.

The process to ensure a patent is underway.

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