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Samsung's Ready Care smart car system is straight from a sci-fi movie

Samsung's subsidiary, Harman, aims to raise the bar on driver safety with Ready Care safety features, including a machine learning algorithm to measure driver drowsiness.
Written by Christina Darby, Associate Editor
Marcus Futterleib presenting Harman Ready Care for Samsung at CES

Marcus Futterleib takes the CES 2023 stage at Samsung's keynote to discuss Samsung's Ready Care smart-car platform. 

Samsung/Screenshot by Sarah Lord/CNET

Smart cars have always been an idea of the future, but today, they were a conceptual reality on the CES stage in Las Vegas. Following LG's Car Cockpit announcement earlier this morning, Samsung took the stage this afternoon, unveiling its plan to launch a smart-car safety platform with subsidiary Harman international. 

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The intelligent car system will be called ICX and will utilize Harman Ready Care. 

Ready Care's features include a machine learning algorithm, using sensors to measure driver drowsiness and provide tailored interventions, according to Harman International's software lead and project manager, Marcus Futterleib. 

Futterleib also explained that Ready Care's technology can sense factors, such as bad weather, that typically catalyze driver stress and even integrate Samsung's wearable products, such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch to detect a driver's heart rate. 

Man in a grey suit presenting at the CES Las Vegas Stage with a futuristic screen behind him displaying vital features the Harman Care system can detect

The Ready Care system can pair with Samsung's wearables, like a Smart Watch, to check drivers' vitals and sense their stress levels. 

Samsung/Screenshot by Sarah Lord/CNET

Harman Ready Care says it also employs a driver-facing infrared camera or in-cabin radar to monitor the driver's vital signs, so it's not necessary for the driver to have a wearable to take advantage of the system. 

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When the smart-system does detect a stressor, it sends a notification. While I'm not sure drivers need yet another distraction on the road, Harman allows drivers to customize these notifications ahead of time, so instead of another beep or buzz, users can opt for a more subtle reminder like slightly lowering the temperature. 

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