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New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage 133

Posted by timothy
from the this-could-go-horribly-wrong dept.
cartechboy writes "Well, since we have license plate readers tracking drivers, and GPS breaking down we're you're headed — its probably time for someone to know what mood you're in when you're driving. (Quick hint: often not a good one). Researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have prototyped a dashboard camera that tracks facial movements and expressions to read a person's emotions while behind the wheel. The team has partnered with PSA Peugeot Citroën to create a version for actual cars to determine when drivers are angry — and have high potential for road rage. One challenge for the technology has been the wide range of expressions drivers have when they're pissed. Some people smile, for example. (Maybe as they raise their middle finger.) The engineers are working on future revs to be able to tell when drivers are fatigued or even just distracted." The detection part sounds interesting; coupled with remote kill-switches that some government agencies want, and ever deeper fly-by-wire technologies, it's sounds downright dystopian, though.
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New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

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  • by travdaddy (527149) <travo@linuxDEGASmail.org minus painter> on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @01:47PM (#46517691)
    Kill switches for when drivers get angry? If you thought gridlock was bad now, just wait until 50 angry stalled drivers are in front of you.
  • Shut up already. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by LoRdTAW (99712) on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @02:07PM (#46517925)

    The detection part sounds interesting; coupled with remote kill-switches that some government agencies want, and ever deeper fly-by-wire technologies, it's sounds downright dystopian, though.

    Jee, hyperbole much? Nowhere in the article is it mentioned that there will be any dystopian government interaction. That was your own shitty opinion piece. Its the same crap the article postulates:

    The real question is: when the Swiss team's camera detects anger or disgust, what will it do? Notify the authorities? Apply the car's brakes? Switch the radio to soothing music? Tell knock-knock jokes? What's the appropriate response?

    Stop it. Please. Those are some of the most idiotic question ever asked. The car wont do anything as this wont be installed in them. Why not? Simple: there are no answers for any of those silly questions that would avoid a legal minefield.

    Examples:
    Driver is angry and car detects it. So the car notifies the authorities.
    - Authorities don't care enough about some butthurt driver to stop looking for speeders which make the county/city/town money. Besides after the 1000th notification of road rage in the first ten minutes of their highway patrol shift they will just turn the damn computer off.

    Driver is angry and car detects it. So the car applies the brakes......
    - Causing the driver to lose control or a rear end collision. Car manufacturer is sued into oblivion. Camera recalled.

    Driver is angry and car detects it. So the car switches the radio to soothing music....
    - Which distracts the driver causing an accident. Or the driver can blame a road rage accident on the sudden blast of Michael Bolton which startled them while enjoying a beautiful morning on the highway in bumper to bumper traffic. Car manufacturer is sued into oblivion. Camera recalled.

    Not so serious but:
    Driver is angry and car detects it. So the car tells a knock knock joke....
    Driver is offended by joke along with a concerned watchdog group. Public outrage ensues. Camera recalled.

    What's the appropriate response?
    None. People will get angry. Its better to just let them scream or pound the steering wheel and let it out and then have a laugh. If it results in an accident and the drivers anger can be directly linked to the accident then let the courts decide the appropriate punishment.

  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @02:07PM (#46517933)
    One day, it will be simply easier, less controversial and more productive to mandate all highway traffic to run on auto-driving mode.

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