In today’s technological world, consumers continue to trade privacy for the sake of convenience. So, it makes sense that automakers would continue to jump on board with some of the latest technologies. The question is – would you be willing to give up some more of your privacy if it meant your on-road safety increased? That’s what Volvo wants to know as they pursue adding driver monitoring cameras to future cars – but just as an option.
What are Driver Monitoring Cameras?
These in-car cameras will only first come as an option, later in 2019. Yes, at first glance it does sound completely invasive. However, Volvo assures consumers that the entire program is aimed at benefiting drivers.
Despite the fact that they are optional equipment, Volvo is confident all drivers will want to incorporate them. Engineers from Volvo go as far to say that it might be the best option of 2019.
Of course, they aren’t the only automaker venturing into more technology. GM has the Super Cruise, which is a Level 3 driver-assist feature. Any automaker that’s not on board with technology will be soon, even if it isn’t with driver monitoring cameras.
The driver monitoring cameras work by watching the driver’s biometrics. It’s capable of monitoring glucose levels through the pupil scan. Then, that data works with the car and alerts family members or a hospital if a health problem seems imminent.
In addition, these cameras detect high-stress levels. It alters the settings of the car to help drivers relax on their daily commute home. Basically, the goal of the cameras is to predict and stop health emergencies before they occur.
Future of Driver Monitoring Cameras
This is just the beginning. As technology continues to advance, drivers have access to more features. Eventually, there could become a way to video conference for passengers. It could also be used to identify a driver and match the operating settings they prefer. Imagine getting in your car and having the climate controls set just right while your favorite radio station turns on.
It will be interesting to see what cars this software comes in first. Maybe it will be in the new 2019 Volvo all-electric XC40 this year.
Still worried about your privacy? Volvo says not to be. They claim all the footage will remain anonymous and never linked to an individual car. What do you think? Is this something you see benefiting your life?