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Automotive biometrics solutions with Cipia, ams and Cerence technology launched

Busy biometric startup Cerence books 3 big car deals, launches services in March

Three new solutions are joining the growing automotive biometrics market, as Cipia and ams AG have announced driver monitoring capabilities powered by biometrics, while Cerence’ voice biometric authentication has been integrated by a major auto manufacturer.

Eyesight Technologies has been renamed Cipia and announced that its Fleet Sense biometrics-based driver monitoring service has reached general availability.

Fleet Sense is meant to help fleets and telematics service providers (TSPs) reduce the accidents and related costs associated with fatigue and distraction, according to the announcement.

The company notes that a U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) report shows trucking related fatalities rose to their highest level in 30 years in 2018, among roughly half a million accidents involving large trucks in the country.

The driver monitoring system provides drivers with real-time alerts when detecting drowsiness, distractions or dangerous actions, and also passes real-time alerts to fleet management systems.

“With both the human as well as financial cost associated with trucking accidents rising over the past decade, the fleet industry is in need of technological solutions to help avoid costly mistakes” says Cipia CEO David Tolub. “Fleet Sense will not only provide TSPs and Fleets with a robust driver monitoring system, but will also integrate fully to help them maximize their other data driven programs.”

The service was developed in collaboration with Ambarella.

The company says in its name-change announcement that the name Cipia is a reference to the occipital lobe, which processes visual data from the optic nerve, in recognition of its vision and intelligent sensing capabilities.

ams provides face biometrics for DMS collaboration with Eyeware

A driver monitoring system based on 3D imaging and facial recognition has also been introduced by ams AG, with eye-tracking software from Eyeware Tech SA.

The use of 3D imaging enables the detection of “micro-sleeps” which warn of impending danger, and cannot be seen with 2D imaging, according to the announcement from ams.

The Active Stereo Vision-based biometric system uses flood and dot pattern illuminators, and is resistant to interference from sunlight and reflections in sunglasses.

ams formed a partnership with Megvii to bring plug-and-play 3D facial recognition to any smart device with Active Stereo optics last year.

Cerence biometrics added to Mercedes-Benz system

Cerence voice recognition has been selected by Mercedes-Benz to boost the security of its second-generation ‘Mercedes-Benz User Experience’ (MBUX) multimedia system.

MBUX offers conversational AI with natural language understanding from Cerence, to provide what the companies call a natural way to interact with the system, which provides normal in-car capabilities like cabin temperature adjustment, as well as web searches and email functions. The system can also interpret indirect commands, to turn up the heat if a user complains of being cold in any one of 27 languages.

The system includes both embedded and cloud capabilities to maintain speed and accuracy in areas with low connectivity, according to Cerence.

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