Fujitsu has announced the launch of FUJITSU Vehicle ICT FEELythm, a new wearable sensor product that promotes safer driving. Intended for use in the transportation sector, FEELythm will initially be sold in Japan from February 2015.

FEELythm is a wearable sensor device that detects when drivers are drowsy based on their pulse. The product, which uses a proprietary algorithm developed by Fujitsu Laboratories, monitors the driver’s pulse via a sensor attached to the earlobe, gauges drowsiness based on that, and notifies the driver and their vehicle fleet manager. It can also connect to digital tachographs and other onboard devices, and link to fleet-management systems so that fleet managers can monitor the conditions of their drivers in real time and provide helpful guidance based on objective data.

In the near future, it will be possible to improve safe-driving management by predicting dangers before they occur based on an accumulation of sensor data indicating fatigue, stress, and tension, and applying that to a hazard map.

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Human error not attributable to driving violations or skill has accounted for approximately 67% of all traffic accidents(1) in recent years. Legal reforms and support for devices that promote safe driving from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport are aimed at improving this situation.

Given this background, Fujitsu developed FEELythm for fleet vehicle operations such as buses, trucks, and taxis, to be usable in a variety of businesses and environments.

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