[CEATEC 2013] Some folks absolutely love driving, whether it is in the morning or at night, as it offers a rather therapeutic feeling. The thing is, driving is no longer fun whenever you get stuck in a traffic jam, as it would certainly cause your blood pressure to boil (and hopefully, your car’s radiator will not experience the same thing). Other people, however, do not like driving at all, and for some of us who have no choice but to be behind the wheel even after a long day at work, there is a risk of having drowsiness take over. Fujitsu hopes to prevent such a thing from happening with their real-time drowsiness detection technology that would hopefully prevent the driver from nodding off.
How does Fujitsu’s Sleepiness Detection Sensor work? Well, the driver would wear a wireless heart rate sensor around ear, where data will be sent over to a monitoring data center. Once the level of drowsiness is analyzed based on the pulse fluctuations, the driver would receive a warning. Will it be able to lower the number of accidents caused by drowsiness on the road? Hopefully. After all, prevention is better than cure, and in the case of a MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident), some cases do not come with a second chance.