A new product has been launched in the UK which claims to be able to identify the signs of a potential road collision by monitoring a driver’s facial movements, and then alerting the driver before an incident occurs.
Manufactured in South Korea, the Vuemate DL330A (known as ‘Route Angel’) uses advanced camera technology to compare ‘normal driving conditions’ with predetermined parameters that indicate ‘compromised driving skills’.
Mounted on the dash, instrument pod or steering column, the device maps a driver’s face for five seconds when the ignition is turned on and stores it in the integral microprocessor.
Thereafter it monitors eye movement, head orientation and facial characteristics against ‘the map’ – sounding a warning alarm should one of the predetermined parameters be recognised.
The device picks up symptoms typical of a drowsy driver and detects any abnormal motions that deviate from ‘alert and forward-looking’ driving.
While the technology itself is already in use, the product’s UK distributor John Gibson says that unlike pre-existing factory fitted options, the Vuemate system is easily fitted without tools, wiring or drilling, and is portable from one vehicle to another.
He also says that stakeholders including RoSPA and PACTS have shown interest in the product, which is priced at £169.95.