Custo Total 1.360.045€
Contribuição UE 1.053.061 €
Data de Início Projecto
Data de Início Projecto 01/06/2012
Coordenador Científico Paulo Gameiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Borgstena Group Portugal LDA
Duração 24 meses
Website do Projecto
Website do Projecto http://harken.ibv.org
Road accidents are a major safety problem in developed countries, and fatigue is one of the critical factors.
In-vehicle fatigue detectors can reduce this problem, saving 4,000 lives and preventing tens of thousands injuries every year in the EU. In economic terms, this would mean annual savings of €7 billion. However, current approaches have strong limitations, because they lack the direct information about drivers’ physiological variables, which are critical for a successful evaluation of their state.
The HARKEN project gathered a consortium of RTDs and SMEs that produce vehicle components (seat cover textiles and safety belts), smart materials, and sensors for bio monitoring, with the objective of creating a product to address that need, joining their experience to create a nonintrusive sensor system of heart and respiration with smart materials embedded in the seat cover and in the safety belt. This device will detect the effect of heart and respiration activity, filter and cancel the noise and artefacts expected in a moving vehicle, and calculate the relevant parameters, which will be delivered in a readable format to integrate it in a fatigue detector.
Resultados do Projecto
Resultados do Projecto
The HARKEN system captures the heart rhythm and respiration in a completely unobtrusive manner. The results of the tests showed its feasibility as a potential tool to be integrated in cars in a near future. The next challenges will be: (i) to improving the industrialization of the developed prototypes; and (ii) the establishment of specific standards for the technological base of future driver drowsiness detectors.
This project provided the RTDs and SMEs with new, high technology products to sell in their sectors, and it will help them enter or improve their position in the automotive market, with a new device that will enable the creation of reliable fatigue detectors.
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Ficomirrors SA - Espanha