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Vibrating car wheel developed to keep drivers awake

‘Tiredness kills, take a break’, is one of the most common road signs seen on British roads. Alarmingly, tiredness has been the cause of many accidents, both minor and fatal.

British microchip giant ARM has developed technology to potentially eradicate concentration lapses. The new technology will consist of a vibrating steering wheel and an alarm that is monitored through a driver’s eyes. An inbuilt camera will be placed in the front mirror of the car that is directly in line with the driver’s eyes. If abnormal eye movement is detected, the alarm will sound and the wheel will vibrate. As well as eye alignment and movement, the camera detects blink rates and the position of the driver’s head.

The new technology designed by ARM, a Cambridge firm, hopes that the new technology will minimise the risk of accidents, whilst satellite navigations systems and Bluetooth for mobile phones are considered high factors for accidents.

Richard York, vice-president of ARM said the sensors are used by many manufacturers already which ‘look into vehicles’ to check the driver’s response. He also ascertained that the technology will be mounted beside the car’s rear-view mirror.

If the technology works, it could go into mass deployment into all future car models, helping to reduce car accidents.

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