A car collecting information on someone as soon as they get in seems like it only belongs in movies, or at least several years ahead. But, fortunately (and unfortunately), such technology already exists.
According to Mashable, Israeli AI company Eyesight Technologies has unveiled a program called CabinSense, an in-car occupancy monitoring feature.
The system is able to scan and analyze passengers more thoroughly than a drowsiness detection system can with a driver.
Passengers who board a CabinSense-equipped vehicle have their faces scanned, with the car identifying who they are, as well as recording their ages, gender, height, body mass and position in the seat.
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*Israeli #AI co released CabinSense on Thursday, just in time to scan and analyze..
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To be fair, this does sound pretty scary. However, Eyesight Technologies claims that the system makes for a safer car ride as it can determine whether or not passengers are wearing seatbelts and sitting in a safe position. It is also able to disable airbags if it detects child seats, passengers sleeping across the rear seats, or a child in the lap of an adult.
The hope is that regular passengers will enroll in a program that will allow the system to immediately recognize and recall them from its database so preferred settings such as temperature, seat adjustments, and media options could be applied.
The above sounds all well and good but passengers probably won't be thrilled to know that their privacies are being invaded by a car. As the source would have it, this would be the ideal tool to catch someone involved in infidelity as the system is able to reveal the number of times a particular person gets into a vehicle.
Eyesight has also said that CabinSense will be able to detect objects later down the line; for example, if a passenger leaves a phone or a wallet in the backseat. Activities such as smoking or drinking will also be detected, per the claims.
Such a function could possibly leave drivers open to lawsuits as well. Aren't there enough privacy-breaching entities around as it is?