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Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices

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Dashboard of Subarus DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

New models unveiled by Hyundai and Subaru last month at the New York International Auto Show featured distracted driver alert systems that the automakers plan to roll out across their mainstream product lines.

Credit: Toshi Oku/Subaru of America/AP

Hyundai and Subaru unveiled distracted driver alert systems for their mainstream models last month at the New York International Auto Show.

Subaru's "DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System" monitors a driver's eyes and face with a dashboard camera, and beeps and displays the message "Keep eyes on road" if it detects distraction from such indicators as heads nodding, someone talking on the phone, texting, or looking into the passenger compartment.

Hyundai's system utilizes the same front-facing camera as the standard automatic emergency braking and lane assist featured on the Venue sport utility vehicle; swerving or veering causes the vehicle's software to ring a bell, while the dash display shows a coffee cup and the message "Take a Break."

Kelley Blue Book publisher Karl Brauer said distracted driver alerts and other driver-monitoring devices are becoming more widespread as automobiles switch from human driving to automation.

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