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New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage 133

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 TheCarp ( 96830 ) < minus pi> on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @01:57PM (#46517813) Homepage

    > No, you do not have an inalienable right to act out your aggressions on a publicly-funded highway.

    However this doesn't actually look for people acting out, it looks at facial expressions to determine if a person is mad. This may be interesting itself but, I would submit the population of people who get mad while driving is so much larger than those who actually act out their aggression that this is unlikely to be the least bit useful.

    This is using the fact that all criminals are found with water in their system as an excuse to monitor people who drink water.

  • by R3d M3rcury ( 871886 ) on Tuesday March 18, 2014 @02:47PM (#46518335) Journal

    I remember reading about nano-technology years ago in a car magazine. One use for this was that you could have the paint on your car change color. So you didn't have to worry about getting an appropriate colored car because you could change the color of your car any time you wanted.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, new for 2017--The Mood Car!

    That's right! Sensors will detect your mood and change the color of your car! Angry? Your car turns a flaming red. Calm and relaxed? A nice deep blue. So if I cut off some other guy and see his car turn red, I know I'd better get out of there!

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.