SmartEye will monitor drivers’ vital signs to enhance road safety

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Smart Eye is set to unveil its groundbreaking new Driver Monitoring System (DMS) metric at InCabin Brussels.

The feature incorporates vital signs detection into Smart Eye’s DMS software, enabling fully remote monitoring of heart and respiration rates. The integration of physiological indicators aims to enhance road safety and ensure the wellbeing of drivers.

In response to the demands of automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Smart Eye has developed this cutting-edge metric to address crucial aspects of driver health and safety.

By continuously monitoring the driver’s physiological signals, the new feature enables early detection of sudden illnesses or unresponsive behaviour while driving.

This capability has the potential to save lives in situations where drivers experience unforeseen health conditions, such as heart attacks or seizures. Moreover, the technology facilitates the transmission of post-crash data, including heart and respiration rates, to emergency responders, leading to more effective healthcare interventions.

Leveraging the power of AI, the new feature utilises advanced algorithms to analyse multiple physiological signals accurately.

Smart Eye employs remote photoplethysmography (rPPG), a non-contact, camera-based method that measures variations in light reflection from the skin to estimate the driver’s heart rate. Additionally, micro movement analysis is utilised, allowing the software to detect subtle changes in movements associated with breathing or pulse that are imperceptible to the human eye.

To ensure an unobtrusive user experience, Smart Eye’s technology employs 940-nanometer wavelength infrared light to detect reflections on the skin. This infrared light enables reliable detection even in challenging lighting conditions inside a moving vehicle, such as darkness or intense sunlight.

Henrik Lind, Chief Research Officer at Smart Eye, said:

“By integrating heart and respiration rate detection into Smart Eye’s world-leading driver monitoring system software, we provide an even deeper layer of insight into driver state and health.

The advanced methods used, including rPPG and micro movement analysis, let our software detect even the subtlest physiological changes in real-time.

Highly requested by the automotive industry, this technology offers OEMs an opportunity to proactively address health emergencies and ensure safer road experiences.”

Smart Eye will showcase this new feature at InCabin Brussels, where visitors will have the opportunity to witness firsthand how Smart Eye’s software remotely detects heart and respiration rates in real-time. The metrics will be displayed on a screen, showcasing the potential of this technology to revolutionise driver monitoring and enhance overall road safety.

The new DMS metric represents a significant advancement in driver monitoring technology. By continuously monitoring heart and respiration rates, the software enables early detection of health emergencies and improves response times in the event of a crash.

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