Smart Eye and ST demonstrate high-sensitivity, lower-cost, 1-LED driver monitoring system

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At this year’s AutoSens and InCabin exhibitions in Brussels, Smart Eye, a specialist in using artificial intelligence (AI) to build technology that is able to predict human behaviour in complex environments, and STMicroelectronics are demonstrating a high-sensitivity, 1-LED Driver Monitoring System (DMS).

The combination of Smart Eye’s experience in developing driver monitoring algorithms and optical system design and ST’s high-sensitivity automotive-grade global-shutter VB56G4A imager, has helped to develop a DMS that reduces power consumption and system cost by using only one illumination LED.

“The performance and high sensitivity of ST’s automotive-grade global-shutter imaging sensor is a great match for Smart Eye’s industry-proven driver-monitoring algorithms,” said Eric Aussedat, Executive Vice President, Imaging Sub-Group General Manager, STMicroelectronics. “In developing a sensor with 2.6µm pixel size and double the quantum efficiency of previous-generation sensors, we’ve simplified DMS development, reduced its power consumption, and lowered costs without compromising performance.”  

“Building on our two decades of automotive experience proven by nearly 100 design wins from leading car manufacturers, we’ve worked with ST to combine our technology with ST’s advanced image sensor to eliminate at least half of the expensive LEDs/lenses,” said Martin Krantz, CEO and Founder of Smart Eye. “Even with this smaller and more economical design, we’ve created an exceptional no-compromise DMS demonstrator that shows how automakers can significantly improve road safety with reduced cost of ownership. We are happy to support our partners and customers with our HW and SW reference design and expertise for flawless product integration.”