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New system uses AI to detect distracted drivers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed computer software to detect when drivers are dangerously distracted by texting or other physical activities while they are behind the wheel.

Combining cameras and artificial intelligence, the system could be used to improve safety by alerting drivers to pay attention or trigger even more decisive action as advanced self-driving features are added to vehicles.

Fakhri Karray and Chaojie Ou.

Fakhri Karray, right, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and doctoral candidate Chaojie Ou work together at a testing platform for driver behaviour recognition software at the Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (CPAMI) at Waterloo Engineering.

“The car could actually take over driving if there was imminent danger, even for a short while, in order to avoid crashes,” said Fakhri Karray, an electrical and computer engineering professor and director of the Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (CPAMI) at Waterloo.

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