Panasonic Develops Drowsiness-Control Technology by Detecting and Predicting Driver's Level of Drowsiness
New Technology use Contactless Sensing Technology to Measure Driver’s States and In-Vehicle Environment
Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a drowsiness-control technology for detecting and predicting a person's level of drowsiness prior to driving.
This technology, which can help prevent drowsy driving, detects a driver's shallow drowsiness1 at the initial state by accurately measuring the driver's states without physical contact, including blinking features and facial expressions, captured by an in-vehicle camera, and processing these signals using artificial intelligence. Using measurement data from the in-vehicle environment, such as heat loss from the driver and illuminance, Panasonic's new technology predicts transitions in the driver's drowsiness level. The technology also combines thermal sensation monitoring function, allowing the driver to stay comfortably awake while driving.
This new technology offers the following features:
- Detects shallow drowsiness the driver is even unaware of by non-contact measurement of blinking features and facial expressions
- Collects in-vehicle environment data to predict transitions in the driver's drowsiness level.
- Senses and monitors the driver's level of thermal sensation, allowing the person to stay comfortably awake.
Conventional drowsiness-detection systems have difficulty predicting transitions in drowsiness. Conventional anti-hypnotic stimulant systems use alarm sounds and vibrations to wake up users, which can make them feel uncomfortable.
Panasonic's newly developed technology, with 22 patents on file, is suitable for applications in human- and environment-monitoring systems for use in such places as private and commercial vehicles, offices and educational institutions; drowsiness-prediction systems; and drowsiness-control systems for keeping people awake.
Samples will be available from October 2017. Additional technology specs and details are available upon request.
1 Assessed as Level 2 (slightly drowsy) based on the equally spaced five-levels of drowsiness 
About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and leverages its strengths in immersive entertainment, sustainable energy, automated supply chains and next-generation connectivity to provide integrated solutions for B2B customers. Panasonic was featured in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are changing the world and doing well by doing good. Specifically cited were its smart and sustainable technologies, including its contributions to smart cities and the electric vehicle revolution. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at www.PanasonicMovesUs.com.