Car makers test technology to make you pay attention to the road

-WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11 MARCH 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Soon your car may be able to give you a lifesaving nudge before you fall asleep at the wheel.

Major auto makers are testing driver-monitoring systems that determine if a driver is too tired or distracted to drive safely, and the first such systems could be available next year.

Such artificial intelligence systems that watch drivers and evaluate their fitness behind the wheel are designed in part to compensate for the auto industry’s embrace of Internet-connected entertainment automation technologies that researchers say contribute to distracted driving.

Car makers experimenting with these monitoring systems include General Motors Co.,Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and a handful of startups. Auto-parts supplierDelphi Automotive PLC’s driver-monitoring system is to be installed in two vehicles that will be sold next year. <Read More>