The software update of the media system for Tesla electric cars will test drivers for drowsiness

The software update of the media system for Tesla electric cars will test drivers for drowsiness

Tesla has begun implementing a new “Driver Drowsiness Warning” function, which, as the name suggests, allows the electric car’s system to determine the state of a person behind the wheel. With the help of a camera in the cabin, the media system will count the number of yawns and blinks and will give the driver an audible signal if deemed necessary.

Tesla has been criticized for many years for what some believe is insufficient monitoring of the driver’s condition within the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving packages. For a long time, it was enough for drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel, since 2021, the company has added to this method surveillance through a camera in the cabin. The system uses it to check whether the driver is looking at the road or not. Now, in addition to these two methods of caution, the system will monitor yawns and blinks. Information about the new feature has already appeared in the Tesla user manual in Europe:

Driver drowsiness warning is designed to alert drivers who appear drowsy. The function works by observing the driver’s facial features and behavior and identifies patterns that indicate drowsiness. When the driver’s drowsiness is detected, a warning appears on the touch screen and a sound signal sounds,” the function description states.

Interestingly, the innovation still appeared in the US user manual. In addition, the function, apparently, will not be mandatory for the operation of the electric car, and it can be turned off. This can be done in the security settings for the current management cycle. The Drowsiness Warning System will automatically activate at the start of each cycle.

Tesla is not the first automaker to launch driver alertness monitoring technology. In Mercedes-Benz cars, a similar function has been working for almost ten years.

Related posts