Japanese company Toyobo recently showed off a new wearable, called the Cocomi shirt, which senses the user’s heart signals, gauges drowsiness and alerts the person not to drive if fatigue levels cross a safe limit. The undershirt, currently being tested in different parts of Japan, is aimed at reducing the number of accidents resulting due to driver fatigue.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. reports approximately 100,000 fatigue-related crashes every year, writes CNET. While traffic deaths in Japan have plummeted over the past few years, Toyobo endeavors to make the roads even safer by curtailing fatigue-related crashes.
The Cocomi shirt sounds an alarm when it detects the driver dozing off during long spells of haul. Unlike many of its wearable peers that are bulky, rigid, uncomfortable and often unreliable in their readings, the Cocomi shirt is extremely flexible and flows naturally with the body, notes Deccan Chronicle.