Ford and Intel have teamed up to create a futuristic interior for the 21st century. The joint collaboration aims to explore how interior cameras and sensors can be used to create a "more personalized and seamless interaction between driver and vehicl

Ford and Intel have teamed up to create a futuristic interior for the 21st century.

Dubbed Project Mobii, the joint collaboration aims to explore how interior cameras and sensors can be used to create a "more personalized and seamless interaction between driver and vehicle."

By using facial recognition technology, the system is able to recognize different drivers and automatically adjust vehicle setting to their preferences. If the system failures to recognize a person, a photo of the individual is sent to the owner's smartphone and they can approve or deny access to the car. The system can also recognize teen drivers and require safety belt use as well as lower speeds and reduced audio volumes.

The cameras and sensors can also be used to allow drivers to control vehicle setting with simple gestures. As an example, drivers can point to the sunroof and say open and it will.

According to Ford Chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas, “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. 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.”

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