Subaru has unveiled new technology that reads facial features and identifies who’s behind the wheel via a tiny infra-red camera in the dash. This is said to be a standard feature on the new Forester, available in Australian showrooms in September.vIt will be able to tell if you’re looking at your phone or have turned around to check on the kids in the back seat.
If the car senses a crash is imminent — after checking with two other forward-facing cameras that constantly scan the road ahead — it will sound a warning beep to gain the attention of the driver.
The Subaru system is so smart it can even distinguish who is behind the wheel and then automatically adjust the seat, side mirrors and airconditioning according to the pre-set preferences of up to five drivers.
Subaru says the camera can even see through most sunglasses and prescription glasses.However, this means the facial recognition system will be available at one-third the cost of cars with similar technology.
Subaru says the new Forester is “the first in its segment” with facial recognition and “among the first vehicles in the industry to incorporate technology that can address the important societal issue of distracted driving”.
In the future, the facial recognition camera will be able to detect if a driver has lost consciousness and be able to bring the car to a complete stop.
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