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January 4, 2018

Hyundai Mobis to unveil life-saving DDREM technology at CES 2018

Hyundai Mobis will unveil its DDREM - Departed Driver Rescue and Exit Manoeuvre - technology at CES 2018.

Hyundai Mobis will unveil its DDREM – Departed Driver Rescue and Exit Manoeuvre – technology at CES 2018.

DDREM uses three checkpoints to determine if a driver begins to depart from the driving role and requires assistance. If departure is detected, DDREM technology takes over driving controls, scans the environment and guides the vehicle to a safe stopping point away from traffic.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates for the US, more than 20% of traffic fatalities per year, or around 7,000 deaths, are due to drowsy driving.

“By narrowing our focus to the safety aspects of autonomy, we can bring lifesaving level 4 autonomous technology into passenger cars quickly,” said Hyundai Mobis North America director of autonomous vehicle development, David Agnew.

“Our research approach has been clinical; we are essentially working on a ‘cure’ for drowsy driving injuries and fatalities. Through this approach, we are building a technology that will save many lives and offer immense peace of mind to drivers and passengers.”

DDREM uses three identifiers to determine if a driver is at risk and compares driver actions to a database of drowsy driving incidents.

Checkpoints include:

  • An infrared camera scans driver facial and eye movements to determine if the driver keeps eyes forward, changes blinking patterns or exhibits other signs of drowsiness. The camera used by Mobis has been tested and can ‘see’ through glasses;
  • The technology looks for key identifiers used in advanced driver assistance systems: If the driver is moving in and out of a lane, crossing lanes, zigzagging or making erratic movements consistent with drowsy driving accidents; and:
  • If DDREM determines the driver has fallen asleep, it transitions vehicle control to level 4 autonomous driving mode. The software uses vehicle hardware already found on most new cars, including electronic brakes, electric power steering, radars, and camera systems, as well as basic mapping and GPS to identify a safe place for the vehicle to pull over and stop.
  • In most rescue cases, DDREM will only need to function in full autonomy mode for less than a mile, minimising the exposure and complexity of the self-driving system.

As OEMs, suppliers and technology companies look to bring level 4 and 5 autonomy to market, the conversation is centred around the complexity, infrastructure and governance required for full autonomy.

Because DDREM is solely focused on using autonomous driving to save lives – rather than as convenience technology – the solution could be introduced in new vehicles across OEMs quickly and cost effectively.

The current DDREM development has a limited role detecting and rescuing in response to drowsy driving, but the company plans to research and evolve the concept to operate in other critical situations, including medical incidents such as seizures, fainting, and cardiac arrest.

As autonomous technology advances, DDREM capabilities could include guiding the vehicle directly to a nearby hospital in the case of a medical emergency.

In addition to DDREM, Hyundai Mobis will showcase new technology in autonomous driving, green technology and infotainment at CES, including e-corner module, pop-up steering wheel and hologram virtual secretary.

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