According to the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 50 small children seated in the front passenger seat have been killed by airbag deployment in minor accidents over the last few years.
Now, a new smart airbag system developed by Eaton and Techlogix could help solve the problem.
The new vision-based system works by detecting the presence of a small child or an infant car seat on the front passenger seat and then deactivating the passenger side airbag.
It classifies passenger types using algorithms based on decision trees and neural nets that determine whether the passenger of a vehicle is an adult, a front facing child seat, or a rear facing infant seat.
Additionally real-time Stereo Vision algorithms, optimised to work well under a wide range of lighting conditions, compute the depth map of the person or object on the passenger seat of an automobile.
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