Thursday 8 January 2015

JLR teams with Seeing to detect drowsiness

JaguarLandRover is working with Seeing Machines and Intel to develop sensing technology able to monitor a driver's face and eyes to reduce distracted and drowsy driving. 

Seeing Machines, an Australian company, is a world leader in the development of computer vision related technologies that help machines understand people by tracking and interpreting human faces and eyes.

The technology is used in underground mining to detect if drivers of vehicles could be on the verge of falling asleep at the wheel.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Seeing Machines is demonstrating its Driver Monitor System (DMS) in a Jaguar F-Type prototype developed jointly with Intel at Jaguar Land Rover’s new R&D facility in Portland, Oregon. 

DMS uses attention-monitoring sensors in the dashboard to detect eye and facial movements so it can identify if the driver has become inattentive, either due to drowsiness or distraction. It is so sophisticated it can understand the state of the driver in real world conditions, including bright sunlight and if the driver is wearing glasses or sunglasses.

Nick Langdale-Smith, vice president at Seeing Machines, said: "The algorithm we have developed for DMS has the potential to seamlessly enable a host of safety and autonomous driving features and reduce the potential for accidents caused by the driver not paying attention. DMS is unique because it is the only driver monitoring system that can achieve this even if the driver is wearing shades, or in full sunshine.” 

To deliver the processing power required by the DMS system, Seeing Machines asked Intel to install hardware in the F-Type prototype based on its newest Intel Core i7 chips

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