Can't keep your eyes on the road? This AI from the University of Waterloo will remind you to stay focused

With the increase of traffic accidents due to distracted driving, it is only a matter of time before someone creates a solution. At the University of Waterloo, engineering researchers were able to make a system using artificial intelligence to alert drivers who text and drive at the same time to stop.

The researchers developed computer algorithms that are able to detect the hand movements of the driver, especially when it’s different from normal driving behaviors, like holding the phone or getting something from the backseat. With the help of cameras, the AI can now use the information to warn drivers if they are driving haphazardly.

But, the team's mission doesn’t end there. The researchers also aim for a more proactive approach to improving a car’s protective measures. For instance, if a driver is distracted, the car can self-drive for a short time just to make sure the driver is out of harm’s way. The research is still ongoing and the team behind this project will continue to identify different forms of driver distraction to build a more complete system. And hopefully, this will give car manufacturers an idea on how to improve car safety.

University of Waterloo

With the increase of traffic accidents due to distracted driving, it is only a matter of time before someone creates a solution. At the University of Waterloo, engineering researchers were able to make a system using artificial intelligence to alert drivers who text and drive at the same time to stop.

The researchers developed computer algorithms that are able to detect the hand movements of the driver, especially when it’s different from normal driving behaviors, like holding the phone or getting something from the backseat. With the help of cameras, the AI can now use the information to warn drivers if they are driving haphazardly.