In the last century, we have seen car audio technology gain momentum. Starting out as a basic radio, in-car technology has come far. Now, we have complicated car audio systems, car DVD players, Bluetooth, sat-nav and GPS. All of which have been created to make car journey’s much easier and far more fun.
So where do we go from here? Already, this year we have seen touch screens and function enriched sat-nav systems hit the car audio market – yet what does the future hold for in-car technology?
In early 2010, German scientists developed a new car technology known as ‘EyeDriver’. It pretty much does as it says, it allows you to drive your car with your eyes alone. This new technology works by the driver wearing the special helmet, which holds two cameras and an infrared LED. Camera one points in the directions the driver’s eyes are looking (the scene camera), whilst the other focuses on the driver’s eye (the eye camera). This new and complex system automatically recognises the direction the driver is looking at, which is then relayed to a computer and then over a LAN network to the car, in turn steering the car accordingly.
Of course, being a very new technology, ‘EyeDriver’ has a few problems, which are yet to be overcome. If a driver gets distracted, the technology is bound to follow where he or she focuses upon, making it somewhat of a danger on the road. ‘Free ride’, as this mode is known as, allows a driver to have complete control over the car’s steering via the eyes, meaning their mistakes are outputted too. The scientists; however, claim that this can easily be overcome by creating an almost completely automated car using what they called ‘Routing’ mode, which only needs the driver to steer using this technology at a junction.
The future looks bright for in-car technology as it rapidly expands to cover all possible needs of a driver. Yet, before this technology can be released, it is yet to be confirmed as completely safe.