Ford Develops SafeCap to Alert Drivers Falling Asleep at the Wheel
Ford develops cap that ensure driver safety by vibrating on detecting driver sleep at the wheel
On account of the increasing number of highway road accidents, particularly among truck drivers, have been noted as a result of the exhausting job that may cause them to fall asleep while on the go.
Ford celebrated 60 years of truck manufacturing, for which it partnered with GTB— the Sao Paulo-based creative agency to develop a smart cap. The cap aimed to prevent drivers from dosing off when at the wheel, by sensing head movements associated with sleepiness. On detecting such movements, the cap wakes the driver up by signaling sound, light, and vibration.
This was made possible through extensive research and mapping down head movements of drivers in two different cases. The first case recorded results while the drivers were driving, while the second case recorded them while they were getting drowsy. The results were differentiated on the basis of their head movements in both the cases.
The hat is integrated with an inboard gyroscope and accelerometer, to help measure head movements throughout the drive. It also consists of components that vibrate, make sound, and light up.
Oswaldo Ramos, Head of Sales at Ford, Brazil, said “SafeCap, which began as a local market project, continues to grow as we see potential around the world. After we conclude our Brazilian tests, the goal is to share with other countries.”
The safe hat, though is yet an unfinished product, shows immense potential among the masses, considering its much needed technology alerting drivers travelling long distances. This could create more scope for development of more modified products of this kind, which help manage daily hitches.
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