In-car Emotion Detector Can Sense When You Have Road Rage, Making Driving Safer

Fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, and suspicion are so intrinsic to human nature that they have very specific muscle movements movements that can be fairly easily picked up with an infrared camera and some computer vision software. As you can see in the video below, the software tracks your eyes, mouth, and nose, and from their movements it can work out what emotion youre currently experiencing. If your face registers anger or disgust for long enough, the software decides that you are stressed out and probably about to do something stupid. Because this is a prototype, all the EPFL system does is tell you when youre suffering from road rage but presumably a production version of the technology would do a lot more. Maybe it would pre-charge your breaks, ready for when you tailgate the guy in front of you? Or maybe, if your car has some autonomous driving features , they could quietly take over so you think youre still driving, but its actually your car thats preventing you from swerving out of your lane or piling into the car in front of you. Maybe such a system could disable your cars horn, too Moving forward, LTS5 hopes it can use its computer vision to detect other states, such as distraction, and to read your lips, which could considerably help with in-car voice recognition. Its also worth pointing out that similar systems are already in production vehicles ExtremeTechs car of the year, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class , uses the steering wheel to detect when youre drowsy. These systems dont have quite the same range of emotion detection as camera-based solutions but really, the ultimate system would combine both steering wheel and computer vision technologies, and also use sensors in your seat, noise sensors in the cockpit (noisy kids), and other clever techniques of assessing your road worthiness.
Please see the full article at: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/178514-in-car-emotion-detector-can-sense-when-you-have-road-rage-making-driving-safer

Child safety seat system created to avoid tragic hot-car deaths

Id make sure my preschoolers seat belt is fastened and then go right back inside the house for my seven-month-old. The reality is that its humanly impossible for me to carry everything at once. Im extremely careful about making sure theyre not left alone for too long. Its scary to think about forgetting them in a hot car. But, its a reality many families have faced. According to kidsandcars.org , an average of 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. All it takes is a small distraction to forget that theres a child in the back seat. Ive read tips online on how to avoid the dangers. Dennis Aneiros has taken these measures one step further. He has created a vehicle child seat safety system thats been approved for a U.S patent.
Please see the full article at: http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/child-safety-seat-system-created-to-avoid-tragic-hot-car-deaths/

BMW shows off M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car

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If food and dried liquids become trapped in the buckle, it can become difficult to unlatch, which poses a safety risk in the event of an emergency exit from the vehicle. The original recall affected harnessed boosters and convertible child-safety seats and the expansion includes more convertibles: certain model-year 2006-2014 versions of the Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. Some parents may be wondering why Graco’s infant seats, with their similar harness buckle, aren’t affected. “Graco SnugRide infant car seats are excluded from this recall because they are uniquely designed to detach from their base for quick release if needed,” the company said in a statement. The manufacturer is sending affected owners buckle repair kits and has stated that consumers can continue using their child-safety seats until the kit arrives. Versions of the seats that are equipped with a square red harness release button already have the new buckle (photo above). “Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child,” the company said in a statement. It also offers the following tips for the cleaning and care of the harness buckles: To clean your buckle, turn the restraint over and push the retainer through the harness strap slot. Place the buckle in a cup of warm water and gently agitate the buckle, pressing the red button several times while it is in the water. Do not submerge the harness webbing and do not use soaps or lubricants, only rinse the harness buckle with warm water. Shake out the excess water and allow the harness buckle to air dry. Reattach the harness buckle into the same slot and recheck the harness for correct installation according to the car seat manual before use. Concerned consumers can call Graco at 800-345-4109 for more information. To make sure you’re contacted about recalls, register your car seat . Manufacturer photo
Please see the full article at: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2014/03/graco-expands-car-seat-recall.html

UPPAbaby Continues To Make Car Seat Safety & Safety Of Children A Top Priority

BMW shows off M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car (0) BMW M has recently revealed on a social website the M4 Coupe safety car for the 2014 MotoGP season. For last years MotoGP championship BMW had used an M6 Gran Coupe but now they have decided to go on with the all-new M4 Coupe to increase awareness of the first-ever M4. For obvious reasons, the safety car wears a traditional M livery and the typical lettering as well as a light bar. With the M4 safety car BMW is also displaying some of its performance parts such as the front skirt attachments, rear spoiler and diffuser which all have been made form carbon fiber. Under the hood power is derived from an inline-six 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine generating an output of 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to achieve the acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 kmph) in just 4.3 seconds with the six-speed manual and in 4.1 seconds when equipped with the optional seven-speed M DCT. The model comes with an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 kmph) but BMW is offering an optional M Drivers Package which raises the limiter to 174 mph (280 kmph).
Please see the full article at: http://speedlux.com/bmw-shows-m4-coupe-motogp-safety-car/

Graco Recall Expanded to 4.2 Million Car Seats

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UPPAbaby is the first car seat manufacturer to aggressively test, meet and exceed these new proposed regulations and standards. Independent testing was held at an accredited lab used by NHTSA. SIP Testing Overview Side impact testing simulates a crash in which the vehicle carrying the car seat is struck on the side by another vehicle. Under the proposal, car seats would be tested in a specially designed sled test that simulates a “T-bone” crash. The new sled test simulates both the acceleration of the struck vehicle and the vehicle door crushing toward the car seat. The proposed test will use an existing 12-month old child dummy as well as a newly developed side impact dummy representing a 3-year old child (Q3s dummy). The UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat, currently available, exceeds all applicable federal safety standards and proposed upgrades and recommended guidelines by NHTSA. About UPPAbaby The UPPAbaby mission is to make the smartest strollers, car seats and juvenile gear available: intuitively designed, stylish and sleek, with the features and functions new parents wantplus innovations they never knew were possible. UPPAbaby is committed to providing customer service that is as exceptional as the company’s products.
Please see the full article at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/uppababy-continues-car-seat-safety-210300851.html

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