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Can We Prevent Drowsy Or Distracted Driving With Facial Recognition?

Facial recognition has come a long way. What once was portrayed as fictional, futuristic technology seen in television and movies has come to life and has been helpful in identifying suspects and solving crimes. As technology continues to advance, the application of facial recognition and related technology broadens. But did you ever imagine that facial recognition could help to make the roads safer? GM seems to be in the works of implementing facial recognition cameras into their cars.

You might wonder how a car could benefit from facial recognition technology. The answer is quite simple. A camera with facial recognition could watch your movements and distinguish dangerous behaviors. For example, maybe you’re falling asleep or texting while driving. The camera would detect this and alert you. These cameras could potentially help to decrease accidents and increase road safety.

It seems GM is attempting to bring this technology to their cars. They have declined to comment, however, there’s speculation that a collaboration with Seeing Machines, a company specializing in intelligent sensing technology, will hit the market in the future. It’s still unclear which cars will come equipped with these devices nor has a release date been set.

While GM may be the first to actually implement it, a few other companies have flirted with the idea. Ford presented Project Mobii, which is more focused on tailoring driver-car interaction based on eye and hand movements. Volvo’s Driver State Estimation system uses infrared to identify and track the eye movements of drivers. Both systems would aim to enhance the driver experience while providing a safe way to navigate your car’s features.

Sounds ideal right? While the intentions are good, privacy and security concerns arise. Most newer cars “are connected to the cloud through built-in or tethered cellular phone-based telematics.” Many are weary of the Cloud and previous issues with car tapping have occurred.

Despite potential security flaws, what are your thoughts on implementing these features in our cars? While it was only time that these technologies were pushed to the forefront, do you believe these will be advantageous or pose more of a distraction? We would love to hear from you – connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest. offers a great selection of security cameras, CCTV system packages, NVRs, DVRs and more. Choose us for your security camera system needs. Visit us online or give us a call at 1-888-203-6294. We are happy to help you find the perfect system for you.

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