Subaru’s ‘DriverFocus’ Driver Monitoring System (DMS) has been named as the winner of the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year Technology Award, ensuring driver vigilance remains centre stage at a time when automated technology is changing the relationship between motorists and their vehicles.
Subaru’s DriverFocus system features a dashboard-mounted camera and infrared sensor which uses facial recognition software to monitor eye movements while driving. The system detects if the driver tries to use their mobile device, if their gaze is wandering, or if they are falling asleep. It sounds a warning alert which gets louder the longer the situation endures.
It also offers great comfort and convenience benefits to motorists. Matthew Avery, Thatcham Research director of research comments: “It can identify individual drivers and pre-set comfort systems accordingly, creating a more seamless integration into the vehicle’s operating environment. The car essentially knows you as an individual and is ready for you when you get in.”
Watch as he takes to the test track with What Car? consumer editor Claire Evans, to show why it was a worthy winner.