Sleep-Buster Detects Sleep 10 Minutes Before, Potentially Saving Lives.
Falling asleep at the wheel is a major road hazard. It has been estimated that sleep-deprived driving is the cause of between 16% and 60% of road accidents. And according to a poll, 250,000 drivers in the US fall asleep at the wheel everyday. When most feel the grip of the sandman while driving the first thing they do is roll down the windows or turn up the radio, however this only offers a short duration of alertness. Even coffee drinkers experience “microsleeps,” of a four or five second, plenty of time for something horrible to happen.
The “Sleep Buster” is a device that can actually predict that you’re going to fall asleep 10 minutes before it happens. It monitors the drivers heart-rate and pulse via sensors built into the driver seat. Using this data it can detect and display different states : concentrating, relaxed , distracted, fatigued, drowsy, etc. When the system detects that the driver is enviably going to fall asleep an alarm goes off.
This anti-sleep system also comes with the “Human Tachometer” software which drivers can use to monitor their health over time using data from the devices installed in the car. Bosses will also be able to check if the employees have been drinking while driving a company vehicle. The Sleep Buster will be available for 157,500 yen (US$2,000) in February 2012.