Face recognition to decides who drives

by Ricardo C
In this article the author talks about a system who would recognize someone’s face and determine if he or she is able to drive a vehicle. A Waterloo company pair up with the University of Windsor and developed an algorithm for a face recognition system and a blood-alcohol level sensor on a steering wheel. According to the article the facial recognition system has a database that the owner of the car can control and determines who drives the car.
This system will also help to reduce auto thefts since the car will not start if the person is not on the database. The article also mentions that the technology will be packed with sensors built into a steering wheel that would detect a driver’s blood alcohol level when his or her hands are placed on the wheel. The system will determine if there is an exceeded limit of alcohol in the individual and would halt the car.

I found this article really interesting since there is a very interactive database linked to this system. Reading these kind of articles makes me understand the importance of databases and how we can implement them on real life. Having a database that is able to make conclusions and make smart decisions is innovative. Face recognition databases have been used for other purposes such as unlocking your computer or Facebook using it to tag you on pictures, but having face recognition integrated to a vehicle can save lives and prevent thieves from committing crimes. Databases can be use for different things besides storing employees’ or students’ information.

Macaluso, G., & News, P. (2012, April 16). Face recognition could help curb drunk driving and theft. Montreal Gazette – Breaking News, Quebec, Opinion, Multimedia & More. Retrieved April 17, 2012, from http://www.montrealgazette.com/cars/Face+recognition+could+help+curb+drunk+driving+theft/6464433/story.html

5 thoughts on “Face recognition to decides who drives”

  1. This sounds like a very interesting way to integrate facial recognition. I think this way it can really prevent people from endangering others if they are not able to drive safely. I think it can also help to track down criminal through this database when criminal is on a run via a vehicle with facial recognition. This database needs to be constantly updated and it needs to be huge to be able to store a lot of the similar images. On the other hand, having electronic devices make decisions is something that is going to be scary. I-Robot the movie came in my mind as I was reading this. The decisions that A.I. makes can be wrong sometimes and it can cause a chaos. But we will wait and see how technology advance.

  2. This is a wonderful article. I am glad you shared this with us. Just by reading the article i feel more safe already. It is a brilliant way to prevent hazards, and save lives. This type of technology is really the future, and it can help build many other sophisticated ones based on it.
    I really liked the article.

  3. This article is very interesting. I can see how using a database for this is innovative, i’m also curious about its security. Peeling a couple of wires and connecting them together seemed to be an effective way to hijack a vehicle in the old days, well even today. If this is actually implemented into cars, i wonder what it will take to bypass the security? One can only hope that it’s not as simple as sticking a flash drive with executable files that will get the car to start and completely bypass the database and facial recognition. I like this article, i thought of I-Robot too.

  4. This is certainly an interesting application of facial recognition. I am curious about the security of the database itself. What happens if someone goes in and tampers with the facial data stored inside. What happens then? Also, is this going to add more cost to the price of a car? If so, some people may not want to have such a system inside their car. As for the system making decisions, I agree with Ronny; I, Robot indeed.

  5. This is a great idea that has many advantages and flaws at the same time. At one end, you have the benefit of safe driving practices. However, a similar facial recognition software is utilized for Android 4.0 to unlock the phone and many have found that a picture of the user can unlock the phone as well. I would imagine that a similar workaround can be done with this software. Hopefully the algorithm used will be advanced enough to discern between humans and pictures because I would like to see these advancements be made in the future.

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