Lifewire: AI Could Monitor Drivers More Closely for Danger

Cipia’s VP Product, Tal Krzypow, was interviewed by Lifewire, discussing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for safer driving experiences. 

See what he had to say below, or follow the link to ready the full interview:

“…AI as Your Backseat Driver

Tal Krzypow, the vice president of product at Cipia, which uses AI and computer vision to monitor drivers for signs of distraction and drowsiness, said in an email interview that around 80 percent of all accidents are attributed to distracted driving.

“We’ve all had experiences where we looked away from the road to grab our drink out of the cupholder, adjusted the radio, or were distracted by kids screaming in the backseat,” Krzypow said. “Humans can’t look everywhere at once, and our concentration is not perfect, so having AI systems to supplement our abilities as humans is not only important but life-saving.”

Krzypow pointed out that in three seconds at 60 mph, a car travels almost 300 feet. He said that AI that can activate an emergency braking system to stop you from hitting the suddenly braking car in front of you could be the difference between life and death.

Currently, most car AI systems have autonomous features to assist drivers and make the driving experience safer and more convenient. However, they’re not equipped to drive the car unassisted for long durations, Krzypow said. Examples of these systems include lane keep assist, emergency braking, Traffic Jam Assist, and Highway Driving Assist.

Also becoming more common are Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) that use AI and computer vision to monitor drivers for signs of distraction, drowsiness, and other dangerous situations, alerting drivers and regaining their attention to the road.

Governments around the world are starting to mandate the presence of DMS. The EU has already passed legislation requiring DMS in new models beginning in 2025. The US Senate has introduced the SAFE Act, so this is no longer a “nice to have” feature and is rapidly becoming a mainstay in automotive safety, Krzypow said….”


To read the full article follow this link which includes commentary by MIT professor John Leonard,  and  Avinash Balachandran, senior manager of Toyota’s Human Centric Driving Research: