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Car Steered With Driver's Eyes

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helmeted driver in autonomous vehicle

Cameras mounted on a helmet capture the eye movements of the driver, which are converted into control signals for the vehicle's steering wheel.

Credit: Christian Kielmann / Freie Universitat Berlin

Researchers at the Freie Universitat Berlin's Artificial Intelligence Group have developed eyeDriver, software that enables users to steer a car with their eyes.

The driver wears a helmet that features two cameras. One camera is pointed at the driver's eyes and captures their movements, and the other camera points forward. The data is transmitted in regular intervals to an onboard laptop computer, where the eyeDriver software converts the data into control signals for the steering wheel. The software can calculate the position of the pupil in the eye, as well as the position in the scene that the user is looking at.

The software has two modes. In "free ride" mode, the driver's gaze direction determines the desired position of the steering wheel. In "routing" mode, the software steers autonomously unless an intersection or fork in the road appears. In that case, the car stops and the driver must select the desired route.

From Freie University Berlin (Germany)
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