Camera-based DMS fights distracted driving

April 06, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Camera based DMS fights distracted driving
Distracted driving remains one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents around the world. To get to the root of the problem, automotive technology supplier Magna has developed a system that alerts drivers when they take their eyes off the road for too long.

Magna’s market-ready Driver Monitoring System (DMS) combines the company’s expertise in cameras and mirrors. It is integrated into an interior mirror and meets global regulations related to the detection of distracted driving. The system utilizes camera-based technology to monitor the driver’s head, eye and body movement to detect distracted behavior, drowsiness and fatigue.

In addition, the technology accounts for normal driving actions, such as looking in the side-view mirrors. If distracted behavior is detected, the driver is alerted through customizable audible or visual notifications. Integrating the camera with the interior mirror provides the best unobstructed view to the driver and offers the best vantage point for additional occupant monitoring features. The system is scalable to also include features such as child presence detection, seat belt detection and identifying specific passengers to enable user preference memory settings.

This full-systems approach allows driver monitoring technology to be easily integrated with an interior mirror or other vehicle structures utilizing a camera and electronic control unit, or camera and domain controller solution based on the varying needs of our customers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), marks each April as Distracted Driving Month and reminds drivers that distracted driving has become a leading cause of accidents and fatalities on U.S. roadways. NHTSA estimates that distracted driving killed 3,142 people in 2019, a 10% increase from 2018.

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