Ambarella and Eyesight Technologies partner for biometric driver monitoring system

Eyesight Technologies has partnered with Ambarella to integrate its biometric facial -recognition-powered DriverSense driver monitoring system (DMS) with Ambarella CVflow automotive SoCs (system-on-chips) to enable OEMs and Tier-1 automotive manufactures to offer driver recognition and attentiveness monitoring.

Eyesight’s technology tracks driver’s eye movements, pupil dilation, and other measures to detect fatigue or distraction with an efficient edge computing algorithm.

The new integration is available on Ambarella’s CV25, CV22, and CV2 SoCs. The CV25 was launched early this year to provide advanced video processing, high-resolution video encoding, and CVflow computer vision with extremely low power.

The system detects driver distraction, which accounts for 60 percent of accidents involving teen drivers and causes more than 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the announcement. The European Union and China are both considering rules to encourage DMS implementation, the companies say.

“With the immense market interest in driver monitoring systems — as a way to meet new safety standards — we’re proud to partner with Ambarella to deliver a fast, accurate, and energy-efficient DMS,” says Eyesight CEO David Tolub. “Together with Ambarella’s specialized computer vision hardware, we are providing a complete hardware and software DMS package which can shorten the time to market for OEM and Tier1 automakers.”

“Eyesight’s advanced computer vision software improves road safety and enhances the driver experience,” adds Fermi Wang, CEO of Ambarella. “The pairing of Eyesight Technologies’ driver monitoring system with our deep neural network AI processors provides a complete DMS solution for automakers.”

The companies will demonstrate the combined technology at CES Asia, June 11 to 13.

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