BharatBenz has introduced an innovative Driver State Monitoring System (DSMS) in its trucks. The DSMS will be introduced on all premium variants of the BharatBenz heavy-duty truck range and will be available for order on other heavy-duty models and as an aftersales solution. First deliveries are planned for April 2018.
“Safety is a core attribute of BharatBenz. Focusing on the human factor, our new Driver State Monitoring System can help prevent accidents related to driver drowsiness or inattentiveness,” said Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles.
The DSMS employs state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies to identify facial patterns including eyes, face, head gaze, and other natural cues. Based on this, it is able to differentiate between safe driving conditions, or driver drowsiness and inattentiveness – in this case, it gives an acoustic and visual alert.
Official records published by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in India show that in a year 2,270 people had been killed in 8,359 crashes due to ‘driver’s inattentiveness’.
Earlier, the company had offered crash-tested steel cabins which fulfil global standards and introduced Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).