Denso Readies Driver Monitor for Big Trucks

Supplier adapts tech for commercial vehicles.

by on May.16, 2018

Denise's adapted its driver monitor sensor for use in large commercial vehicles.

Denso Corp. is looking to keep drivers of large commercial vehicles alert and awake behind the wheel, or least let them know when they should pull over, with its newly released a driver status monitor that can be used by vehicles already on the road.

The driver status monitor is can be placed in existing vehicles on the road and can therefore accelerate the introduction of safety devices to large commercial vehicles.

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If drowsy or distracted driving is detected, the monitor voices an alert. It is now sold by Denso Sales and Denso service stations across Japan and will be released outside the country later this year.

The monitors can help reduce the number of traffic accidents involving commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, according to Denso.

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Denise's driver monitor installs on top of the dashboard in most vehicles.

The Denso system checks for distractions, drowsiness, sleep and inappropriate posture based on the driver’s facial image, which is captured through a camera installed in the cabin.

Denso notes that large commercial vehicles can cause serious damage in an accident, and many trucks and buses do not have the latest safety devices installed because they’ve been in use for so many years.

A driver’s condition is detected by the product and recorded on a SD card. An operation manager and the driver can review the driving status, including the number of voiced alerts, and an image of the driver when the alert was triggered. This feature offers additional guidance for safe driving. The driver’s condition can also be notified to the operation manager in real-time, making it possible to caution the driver and take quick action in the event of an emergency.

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In addition, the monitor can be linked with a new telematics device for commercial vehicles released by Denso this summer and a cloud-based digital tachograph manufactured by Fujitsu Limited.

Denso has been developing safety technologies and products for passenger cars and commercial vehicles to help create a society free from traffic accidents. In 2014, Denso developed its first driver status monitor and currently offers products for heavy trucks and large sightseeing buses.

In 2017, Denso collaborated with FotoNation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xperi Corp. that creates facial image recognition and neural network technologies, to further improve the performance of driver status detection and accelerate the development of products that will impact the future of mobility.

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These technologies and partnerships support Denso’s commitment to deliver a safe and secure automotive society for all people around the world.

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