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Gesture Recognition Using a Touchless Sensor To Reduce Driver Distraction

Gesture Recognition Using a Touchless Sensor To Reduce Driver Distraction

Driver distractions are a leading cause of an astounding number of serious car accidents. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80 percent of automobile accidents and 65 percent of near-accidents involve at least some form of driver distraction within three seconds of the crash or near-miss. Some of the main actions that cause distracted driving are changing the radio station, adjusting CD or Mp3 player settings by reaching to the infotainment system, etc. This paper will focus on the touchless sensor based gesture recognition solution for vehicle infotainment systems.

Touchless sensors are the next evolution in Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology, which is the descendant of touchscreen technology. Touchless or Infrared (IR) proximity sensors are poised to usher in the next user interface innovations centered on touchless gesturing. Touchless sensors are yet to make a footprint in the mobile phone, automotive, aero, medical, robotics, etc. industries. Touchless gesture recognition in a vehicle improves driving safety. The less time the driver spends navigating through menus, the more time that can be spent focused on the road. 

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