Faurecia, Affectiva and Accenture are collaborating on driver safety and in-car infotainment.

The Connected Car Lab is a digital product and service innovation facility, which fits into a car to allow Faurecia to test and develop applications.

The Connected Car Lab, which was developed with help from Accenture Industry X0, features a connected vehicle platform that gathers data about driver behaviour and conditions inside the car cabin as well as outside the vehicle.

By using artificial intelligence and other technologies, including integrated smart sensors, wearables and in-car video cameras, the data is used to detect and assist the driver with safety issues, such as drowsiness, attention, posture discomfort and temperature.
Developed at Faurecia’s Digital Service Factory with the support of Accenture, the Connected Car Lab leverages Affectiva’s Automotive AI to monitor emotional and cognitive states of the driver and other passengers from facial and vocal expressions.

“People are expecting the same level of comfort, safety, connectivity and entertainment in their cars as they get at home or in the office,” said Accenture Industry XO MD, Maxence Tilliette.

“The Connected Car Lab is an environment where we can quickly design, test, measure and improve onboard services. These production cars are equipped with a custom developed IoT platform that collects data from many sensors and that can also provide feedback through various actuators.

“This platform allow [s] us to quickly add and test new on-board experiences, powered by sensors, actuators and AI models.”