How Ford and Intel are improving in-car experience

Mobii Research, a joint initiative by Ford Motors and Intel to enhance the security systems in vehicle has introduced a smartphone app, which enables drivers to remotely access the vehicle using a smartphone.

This app allows drivers to have a quick check of belongings left inside or authorizing or declining other drivers to operate the vehicle.

In a statement Ford said Mobii Research or Project Mobii has been searching new opportunities for the connected car. The project Explores how interior-facing cameras could be integrated with sensor technology and data already generated within and around the vehicle to create more perzonlized interaction between driver and vehicle.

The Mobii research examines new applications for interior cameras, including driver authentication. The use of facial recognition software offers improved privacy controls, and enables Project Mobii to identify different drivers and automatically adjust features based on an individual’s preferences.

Upon entering the vehicle, the driver is authenticated by Project Mobii through a front-facing camera using facial recognition software. The in-car experience is then personalized to display information specific to that driver, such as calendar, music and contacts. If Project Mobii detects a passenger in the car, a privacy mode activates to display only navigation.

If Project Mobii does not recognize the driver, a photo will be sent to the primary vehicle owner’s smartphone. That owner can then set permissions and specify features that should be enabled or disabled.

If the driver is the child of the vehicle owner, restrictions could be automatically set to require safety belt use and to limit speed, audio volume or mobile phone use while driving.

Gesture recognition software enables intuitive interaction for the driver. A combination of natural gestures and simple voice commands can simplify such tasks as turning the heat up and down, or opening and closing a sunroof while driving.

Paul Mascarenas, vice president, Ford Research and Innovation said: “The use of interior imaging is purely research at this point; however, the insights we’ve gained will help us shape the customer experience in the long term.”

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