HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies and solutions for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced the introduction of Ready Care — the latest solution in its expanding portfolio of products designed and built to deliver consumer-focused experiences at an automotive grade. Ready Care is a set of solutions — Cognitive Distraction, Stress-Free Routing, and Personalised Comfort — that can work together or independently to improve safety and reduce driver stress.
Ready Care delivers heightened levels of safety and wellbeing through the integration of several key technologies. In addition to employing cameras that can detect driver drowsiness, Ready Care measures real-time driver cognitive load to identify when potential distractions arise, and then offers tailored intervention strategies to maximise safety. The experience is powered by newly developed machine learning algorithms, which gather and process data from in-vehicle cameras and sensors to monitor a driver’s state. Ready Care can then generate customised in-vehicle cabin prompts to trigger a range of behavioural responses — increasing awareness, alleviating stress, or stimulating relief.
“Safety remains a top concern for consumers when considering a new vehicle purchase, and now, with Ready Care, OEMs can improve vehicle safety in a significant new way,” said Armin Prommersberger, Senior Vice President, Automotive Product Management at HARMAN International. “Ready Care is essentially a co-pilot, spotting when distractions could turn into dangerous situations and intervening to avoid them. For the first time, the vehicle can, in a sense, know what the driver is thinking; this is a game changer. We are incredibly proud of and excited by the impact Ready Care will have for drivers, passengers, and everyone on the road.”
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