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WSU innovation improves drowsy driver detection
Date:4/23/2014

iver drowsiness before the car drifts out of its lane.

"We wanted to find out whether there may be a better technique for measuring driver drowsiness before fatigue levels are critical and a crash is imminent," Van Dongen said. "Our invention provides a solid basis for the development of an early detection system for moderate driver drowsiness. It could also be combined with existing systems to extend their functionality in detecting severe driver drowsiness."

The solution uses inexpensive, easy-to-install partsincluding a sensor that measures the position of the steering wheeland could be included as part of a factory installation or as an aftermarket accessory.

A patent for this method of measuring driver drowsiness has been assigned to WSU under patent number 8676444, with Van Dongen and Forsman as the inventors.


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Contact: Hans Van Dongen
hvd@wsu.edu
509-358-7755
Washington State University
Source:Eurekalert

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