Engineers from Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc. in Superior Township will work with graduate students and professors from U-M’s College of Engineering and School of Kinesiology measure driver brainwaves using electroencephalograph (EEG) sensors, which has the potential to detect early on when a driver is becoming drowsy. A physical and sound alert tied into an onboard system could then jolt the driver awake.
“Current methods of detecting driver drowsiness are noting changes in head position and eyelid activity, both of which require a longer time to determine potential danger; whereas EEG sensors may detect driver drowsiness prior to the driver’s behavioral change taking place,” the Hyundai-Kia technical center said. The two Korean automakers are controlled by the same conglomerate.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,331 people were killed in distracted driving-related accidents in 2011, and NHTSA estimates 387,000 were injured.
Another collaboration between the technical center and university will try to boost fuel economy using a dual pre-chamber lean-burn combustion system. This study focuses on combustion chamber and piston dome geometry development and will examine in-cylinder flows.
“Combining the unbridled enthusiasm and free-spirited thinking of graduate students from a world-class university with the talented technical minds found within HATCI, we can explore new ways in which to approach significant technological hurdles in the automotive industry,” said Dr. Sung Hwan Cho, president of the technical center.
Umesh Patel, senior director at U-M’s Business Engagement Center, said, “These new research collaborations with the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center demonstrate the multi-disciplinary nature of automotive research and have the potential to catalyze further research at the University of Michigan as well as to inform our educational mission.”
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130822/AUTO0104/308220105#ixzz2cnRI8J2o
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