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It's called Project Mobii

Ford Motor Co. and Intel have teamed up for a research project that could result in cars that recognize gestures and faces
 
According to Ford, the companies have been working with ethnographers, anthropologists, and engineers to create a more personal experience between drivers and the vehicles they drive around town on a daily basis. 
 
The joint initiative is called "Project Mobii," which stands for Mobile Interior Imaging. The idea is to allow drivers to perform basis tasks within the vehicle via hand gestures instead of via buttons or knobs. For example, a driver could activate a sunroof through the wave of a hand. Facial recognition could also be used to authenticate the correct driver, and if Project Mobii does not recognize the driver, a photo is then sent to the primary vehicle owner’s smartphone.


Project Mobii [Source: Ford]
 
To expand upon this, we could envision the system recognizing the driver (if individual profiles could be setup) and automatically adjust the mirrors, seat, and radio presets.

These new interior cameras would join a number of exterior-mounted cameras including ones used when putting a vehicle in reverse along with lane departure, blind spot monitoring, and crash avoidance systems.

 
“Our goal with the Mobii research is to explore how drivers interact with technology in the car and how we can then make that interaction more intuitive and predictive,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation.
 
“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.”
 
There are no concrete announcements surrounding the tech that Mobii is about, as it's merely a research project for now. 

Source: Ford



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I'm torn too...
By Vertigo2000 on 6/26/2014 5:48:43 PM , Rating: 3
Wave my hand to open the sunroof:
Good - No fiddling around with buttons, eyes stay on the road, safer drivers.
Bad - Talking with my wife while in the drive thru car wash and I wave my hand.
I assume sensors could be built in so if it's wet outside it won't open.

Car takes a picture of me to authenticate me as the driver:
Good - Security
Bad - when I'm on holidays and don't shave for a week or my wife gets a new hairstyle.
Probably more biometric than just hair, but I'd hate for the car not to recognize me.




RE: I'm torn too...
By StevoLincolnite on 6/27/2014 4:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Car takes a picture of me to authenticate me as the driver: Good - Security Bad - when I'm on holidays and don't shave for a week or my wife gets a new hairstyle. Probably more biometric than just hair, but I'd hate for the car not to recognize me.


Well. You could probably have someone take a photo of you, print it out and let the car scan it and recognize it as the real you.

Kinect and "facial recognition" on smartphones will do that, it has a stupidly massive long way to go before it's ready IMHO.


RE: I'm torn too...
By marvdmartian on 6/30/2014 7:48:11 AM , Rating: 2
Ought to be really interesting, too, when someone sneezes! LOL

Funny thing, someone here said they ought to just be able to get in their vehicle, tell it where to go, and enjoy the ride. I'm the opposite. I want to be able to drive my vehicle, control every aspect of the drive, and enjoy it. It's not about being a control freak (as I'm not that way with anything else), it's about enjoying the ride.

Now if they'd just design something that would automatically move the slow drivers out of the fast lane, when they're doing 1 mph over the speed limit and being overtaken, now THAT would be a welcome addition!!


Torn
By Grimer21 on 6/26/2014 3:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'm torn on this interfacing with your car more thing. On the one hand it benefits me in the following way: On my way to the car I double tap the cell phone, hit my Spotify app and select my playlist. Then in the car I hit my Sync button, say, "Bluetooth Audio" and I'm jamming my favorite music.

On the other hand I think ultimately, though it's a long ways off, distancing ourselves from interfacing with our cars at all is the better way to go. The only interfacing we should do is telling our car where we want to go, then we do whatever in the car we want to do while we're being transported to our destination. All in due time I suppose.




RE: Torn
By StevoLincolnite on 6/27/2014 4:36:31 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
On my way to the car I double tap the cell phone, hit my Spotify app and select my playlist. Then in the car I hit my Sync button, say, "Bluetooth Audio" and I'm jamming my favorite music.


That sounds like allot of work.

I just put my phone in the cradle and it plays automatically once I start the ignition.


RE: Torn
By FiveTenths on 6/27/2014 10:21:06 AM , Rating: 2
You would still have to unlock your phone and select a playlist at some point. So the only difference between his example and yours is that you have to plug your phone into a cradle and he has to say "Bluetooth audio".

In fact, if he already had it on Bluetooth audio from the last drive, he wouldn't need to do anything but start the car.

Physically removing the phone from your pocket, plugging it into the car then remembering to unplug it and take it with you is more work than pressing a button and talking....


Oh HELL no!
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/26/2014 7:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
Subject says it all.

Just ... no!




RE: Oh HELL no!
By DT_Reader on 6/26/2014 8:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
Not good with Italian drivers!


I'm not sure I accept the premise
By M'n'M on 6/26/2014 9:59:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The idea is to allow drivers to perform basis tasks within the vehicle via hand gestures instead of via buttons or knobs.

I can see some cases where speaking to the car would be preferable to searching for a button or knob. I'm less convinced it'll be any less distracting to wave about in some gang signing fashion than to reach for a properly placed control (w/o even looking). Sounds like marketing hype for the tech obsessed or a way out of poor human factors engineering in the cars controls.




Ford...
By Samus on 6/26/14, Rating: -1
RE: Ford...
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/27/2014 2:25:04 PM , Rating: 1
Some folks actually don't like cars with marshmallow seats.

Never had an issue with my Focus's seats.

But I'm sure Ford has enough people working for them to be able to improve more than one thing at a time ;)

I just hope they get out their QNX-based software system out soon cause I really HATE Sync.


RE: Ford...
By Samus on 6/27/2014 3:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
The seats went downhill on all the new Edge-concept models such as the 2013 Escape, 2011 Explorer, 2010 Fiesta, etc. The 2012 Escape, and my previous Mercury Mountaineer, both had excellent seats, as did my 2003 SVT Focus.

The problem is these manufacturers are under such pressure to improve fuel economy to virtually unachievable numbers, they are desperately trying to save weight. The common corners cut are NVH material, seat padding and window glass thickness.

It can probably be said MyFord Touch saves weight as well, such it reduces the number of components in the control center.

As for Sync, I actually prefer it over my CX-5, which has a clunky but effective QNX interface. Sync just integrates all the features better, where as QNX makes each feature feel like a separate program, ie, TomTom GPS, Gracenote iPod, Accuweather, Fandango Movies, etc. Sync at least puts all that into one interface that looks clean and OEM.


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