Ford and Intel give a glimpse of ‘Mobii’ (Video)

With the Mobii system, Intel and Ford are trying to give car drivers of the future fully connected experience. The cameras and sensors placed inside the Ford cars, are connected to your mobile phone via the internet in real time. You can keep a track of your car whenever you want, wherever you want.

Other advantages shown in the video above is that the car can recognize who is driving the car, and accordingly sets the various functions, like music, air conditioning, seat height, etc. Thanks to the front-facing camera on the dashboard, the car always knows who is at the wheel. And if the car senses that the driver is not the registered owner, then in that case it takes a picture of the person who is at the wheel, and mails the picture to the owners phone.

The owner can then either say Yes, or No via the Mobii application on his/her phone. Unless confirmation from the owner, the car won’t start. Apart from this, if the owner decides to give permission, he/she can also set other conditions like for how long the person is authorized to drive, speed limit, any co-passengers allowed, and many such things.

Watch the video above to get a detailed idea, and let us know what you think of the system in the comments section below.



Joint research project between Ford and Intel explores new applications for interior cameras, using data from existing vehicle sensors to enhance the in-vehicle experience for drivers and passengers
Mobile Interior Imaging, also known as Project Mobii, uses facial recognition software to offer enhanced privacy controls, and a more secure and personalized in-vehicle experience
A mobile phone app enables a driver to remotely access the vehicle, allowing for a quick check of belongings left inside or authorizing/declining other drivers to operate the vehicle

As vehicles become an integral part of the Internet of Things, Ford and Intel are researching new opportunities for the connected car, including giving drivers the ability to remotely peer into their car using a smartphone, or a vehicle that could identify its owner using facial recognition software.

The joint research project, called Mobile Interior Imaging, or Project Mobii, explores how interior-facing cameras could be integrated with sensor technology and data already generated within and around the vehicle to create a more personalized and seamless interaction between driver and vehicle that transforms the driving experience.

The Mobii research was a collaboration between Intel ethnographers, anthropologists and engineers alongside Ford research engineers, and incorporates perceptual computing technology to offer a more enjoyable and intuitive vehicle experience.

“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,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation. “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.”

Ford now uses exterior vehicle cameras for driver-assist features such as lane-keeping assist and lane departure warning. The Mobii research examines new applications for interior cameras, including driver authentication. The use of facial recognition software offers improved privacy controls, and enables Project Mobii to identify different drivers and automatically adjust features based on an individual’s preferences.

“As a trusted technology leader and innovator, Intel understands the challenges automakers are facing and is a committed partner in this unprecedented opportunity,” said Doug Davis, vice president, Internet of Things Group at Intel. “Project Mobii is a great example of Intel collaborating with Ford to help enable a secure, more connected driving experience.”

Improved privacy and parental controls

Upon entering the vehicle, the driver is authenticated by Project Mobii through a front-facing camera using facial software recognition. The in-car experience is then personalized to display information specific to that driver, such as calendar, music and contacts. If Project Mobii detects a passenger in the car, a privacy mode activates to display only navigation.

If Project Mobii does not recognize the driver, a photo is sent to the primary vehicle owner’s smartphone. That owner can then set permissions and specify features that should be enabled or disabled. If the driver is the child of the vehicle owner, for example, restrictions could be automatically set to require safety belt use and to limit speed, audio volume or mobile phone use while driving.

Gesture recognition software enables intuitive interaction for the driver. A combination of natural gestures and simple voice commands can simplify such tasks as turning the heat up and down, or opening and closing a sunroof while driving.



Ford and Intel give a glimpse of 'Mobii' (Video)