Friday, April 10, 2009

Smile: Honda's Anti-DUI System Takes Your Picture

Looks like Honda is working on a new system to cut down on drunk driving. According to this patent application, the Honda system will first test your breath to determine whether you are "drunk." If you're drunk it will take your picture and use face recognition to keep you from getting behind the wheel that night. The fun part comes if you try to fool the system. Let's say you have your sober friend get behind the wheel to trick the car into starting. It will take a picture at start-up and then take another picture when the car is shifted into gear. If the picture from the ignition start and the gear shift don't match, it will cut the engine. Sound a little confusing? Maybe the diagram below will help:

One wonders what other kind of other mischief this in vehicle camera/face-recognition system could be used for. Maybe a wireless link to a police photo database? (Wait, isn't that the plot from Minority Report ...)

1 comment:

  1. Its really great news..thanks to Honda and you also for sharing this information