Emotional Driving

Emotions can impair cognition and decision making skills. Stress can cause us to become very upset, sleep poorly, and eat unhealthily. While driving it can cause severe distraction, inattentiveness and rage driving. It can be especially problematic when drivers have to manage busy, hectic schedules etc.

Distracted driving from strong emotions can cause drivers to:

  • –  Drift into another lane or onto the road shoulder

  • –  Miss a red light or a stop sign

  • –  Rear-end or side-swipe another car

  • –  Strike a pedestrian

  • –  Speed through a school or construction zone

  • –  Fail to properly use mirrors in crowded areas, such as parking lots

    If the driver is feeling really upset, even the smallest thing (like being cut off or held up by a slow driver) could make him even more upset and cause him to do something rash, like participating in road rage. If caught in this act, which is a criminal offense, it could lead to court appearances, high fines, and jail time ― worse yet, it could lead to serious injury or even death.

    4Pilots gives every driver a smart co-driver that knows exactly in which situation the driver needs a reminder to calm down, needs to take a break or just a little feedback on his driving behaviour. Our emotion recognition system is computer vision based. It uses Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to classify the emotion into two classes: neutral and stressed. The neutral class consists of minimal risk emotion, say normal condition.The stressed class includes high risk emotions like anger, sadness, disgust, surprise etc. which can impair cognition and decision making skills. So, when the driver is identified as stressed, it will alert the driver in the most efficient way.

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