Eyeris Technologies has developed the world’s first in-cabin sensor fusion AI designed to keep drivers and passengers safer, according to PR Newswire. The technology uses image, radar, and thermal sensors to not only improve safety, but improve comfort. It made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
- Eyeris Technologies has developed in-cabin sensor fusion AI for vehicles.
- It uses image, radar, and thermal sensors to collect data.
- That data is then used to improve passenger comfort and safety.
This AI merges the data collected from its sensors for a more complete picture of what is happening inside a vehicle. It can monitor both the driver and passengers and even detect objects within the vehicle cabin.
New in-vehicle AI uses a combination of sensors to see exactly what’s going on with passengers. (Photo: Getty Images)
The AI is watching you
Beyond simply detecting those objects, it further analyzes data to determine what each person is doing while the car is moving. This is helpful for monitoring the driver’s cognitive state and determining if full attention is being paid to the road or if a driver is distracted or even drowsy and in need of a break.
Analysis also includes measuring heartbeat and body temperature as well as body size for optimal airbag deployment. Because the system can determine the number of passengers in the car no matter where they sit, it’s able to detect when there’s someone sitting in the rear seats. This has the potential to reduce incidents of children accidentally being left behind when front passengers exit the vehicle.
Eyeris already has partnerships with multiple automakers for its technologies and recently added Karma Automotive to that growing list. It expects to have this new AI available for mass production by 2022.
WHY THIS MATTERS
While it feels a bit Big Brother to have your every move monitored while you’re driving, this type of AI stands to improve everyone’s safety. It can help encourage sleepy drivers to take a break to stay alert and save the lives of children by preventing anyone in the rear seats from being left behind. It’s a small sacrifice in privacy for big gains in safety.