With a well-executed integration, the interior camera can be invisible for the driver but still see the driver.
Also, it is much more than a tool to fulfill the upcoming legislative requirements for driver monitoring. Many more use cases can be implemented.
Sensors and cameras are a growing component of vehicles. Inside, they protect drivers and passengers and monitor the driving ability and health of the occupants. Outside, they prevent collisions and parking accidents.
Continental offers an intelligent safety solution for cabin sensing that is cost-effective, requires only a few sensors with correspondingly less wiring, and protects the privacy of passengers. There is a growing need for cabin sensing in particular, as heat deaths in locked vehicles are a problem worldwide.
By 2022, Child Presence Detection technology should be standard on every new car. This is mandated by, among other things, the HOT CARS Act in the U.S. and is taken into account for Euro NCAP safety ratings.
The radar sensors used increase safety in the interior and prevent heat exhaustion. They can detect a child left behind, even if they are covered or in a child seat. This allows the car to send notifications to the driver's phone to inform them of this life-threatening situation. In addition, the system can distinguish between adults and children, avoiding false alarms and attracting the attention of distracted parents.
The Interior Camera is much more than safety, it opens new channels in which the driver and the vehicle can communicate with each other.
The vehicle can identify the driver via face recognition and personalize the interior to the driver's preferences. This includes the automatic adjustment of the seat or activating preferred settings such as playlists or temperature.
Free Air Gestures enable an easy to use interaction with the car which allows the driver to keep the eyes on the road. It is also possible to stay in touch with the outside world via video calls when driving at least partially automated.