Smart Eye, the global leader in Human Insight AI, announced today a
collaboration with ams OSRAM, a global leader in optical solutions, to
deliver a new technology that will allow driver monitoring systems (DMS) and
occupant monitoring systems (OMS) to detect the driver and passenger status
and position more accurately than ever before. The ICARUS: Structured Light
Evaluation Kit is a proof-of-concept that leverages existing architecture
inside a vehicle to efficiently and cost-effectively provide
high-performance 3D sensing capabilities for driver monitoring (DMS) and
Occupant Monitoring (OMS).
Driver monitoring continues in importance as it is a key factor in helping
to create a safer road environment. Through monitoring the driver’s actions,
technology in the vehicle could be able to determine if the driver is tired
or distracted and send a warning. In addition, it can provide more driving
comfort, which in turn often leads to less distraction.
ICARUS combines Smart Eye interior sensing software with ams OSRAM’s dot
illumination technology to generate a more accurate depth map of the driver
using a structured light method. ams OSRAM’s dot illuminator installs on top
of conventional flood illumination mechanisms, and when integrated with
Smart Eye’s Human Insight AI-driven software, the DMS can support valuable
new features with high precision including augmented reality heads-up
display (AR-HuD), secure driver authentication, and advanced body position
to further enhance road safety by delivering inputs to airbag deployment
decisions and pre-crash safety measures.
ICARUS is simple, easy to install, and serves as a low-cost upgrade for
existing near infrared-based DMS hardware. It only requires the addition of
an ams OSRAM dot illuminator to function. By building the evaluation kit to
be compatible with existing 2D architecture, Smart Eye and ams OSRAM provide
automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers with the maximum amount of value
without overhauling an entire system.
“We’re excited to collaborate with ams OSRAM on this innovative
proof-of-concept. Driver monitoring is an essential function in new and
existing vehicles on the road today,” says Henrik Lind, Chief Research
Officer at Smart Eye, “This technology is critical to progressing interior
sensing technology during a time when demand from automakers for intelligent
DMS is rapidly accelerating. Smart Eye’s human-centric approach, combined
with ams OSRAM’s technology, allows us to explore the boundaries of AI-based
automotive technologies and inspire a future of innovative mobility
Firat Sarialtun, Global Segment Manager for In-Cabin Sensing at ams OSRAM,
commented, “Structured light sensing technology is proven in the consumer
market, where it is used for instance for secure face authentication in
mobile phones. Previously in the automotive world, however, 3D sensing has
only been implemented with dedicated indirect time-of- flight (iToF)
cameras. By combining our accurate depth maps generated by the ams OSRAM
platform with Smart Eye’s robust, reliable and road-tested DMS, ICARUS can
support the most advanced DMS features to improve the driving experience
with the addition of just a single laser component.”
Smart Eye will demonstrate the ICARUS evaluation kit at its booth during the
InCabin Event in Brussels, Belgium on September 15, 2022.
About Smart Eye
Smart Eye is the global leader in Human Insight AI, technology that
understands, supports and predicts human behavior in complex environments.
We are bridging the gap between humans and machines for a safe and
sustainable future. Our multimodal software and hardware solutions provide
unprecedented human insight in automotive and behavioral research-supported
also by Affectiva and iMotions, companies we acquired in 2021.
Smart Eye offers road-ready Driver Monitoring Systems and next-level
Interior Sensing solutions built on two decades of automotive experience.
Smart Eye’s technology is embedded in next-generation vehicles as OEM or
Tier 1 solutions and has been selected by 14 of the world’s leading car
manufacturers for 94 car models, including BMW and Geely. Smart Eye also
provides complete hardware and software solutions for fleet and small-volume
OEMs, powering vehicles on the road today. As the preferred partner to the
automotive industry, Smart Eye is leading the way towards safer, more
sustainable transportation and mobility experiences enhancing wellness,
comfort, and entertainment.
In behavioral research our advanced eye tracking systems provide
unparalleled performance in complex situations, offering deep insights into
human behavior and human-machine interaction in automotive, aviation,
assistive technology, behavioral science and many more fields. Today, our
technology is used by NASA, Airbus, Boeing, Daimler, Audi, GM, Harvard
University and hundreds of research organizations and universities around
Smart Eye was founded in 1999, is publicly traded and headquartered in
Sweden with offices in the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Egypt, Singapore, China
and Japan. Learn more at: www.smarteye.ai.