Bloomfield Hills’ Smart Eye Develops Driver Monitoring System with California’s Ambarella

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Ambarella Inc. and Smart Eye are developing a driver and cabin monitoring system for Ambrella’s CV22AQ CVflow computer vision processor. // Photograph Courtesy of Ambarella Inc.

Smart Eye, a developer of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered eye, mouth, and head tracking technology with its U.S. office in Bloomfield Hills, and Ambarella Inc., a California-based developer of high-resolution video processing and computer vision semiconductors, today announced they will partner to deliver a driver monitoring system platform that tracks driver actions and intentions.

The platform is based on Ambarella’s CV22AQ CVflow computer vision processor, which will have Smart Eye AI software, making it possible for automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to deploy driver and in-cabin monitoring systems with advanced AI features. The system is designed to increase safety and convenience for drivers and passengers.

“The pairing of Ambarella’s CVflow high-performance, low power consumption computer vision processing with Smart Eye’s growing array of high-accuracy and AI-based driver monitoring algorithms offers a highly-effective, scalable solution for Smart Eye’s OEM and tier-1 customers,” says Martin Krantz, CEO of Smart Eye. “With the Ambarella CV22AQ, Smart Eye is able to provide high-resolution, high-precision head pose, gaze, eyelid, and mouth tracking in 60Hz paired with concurrent execution of our growing portfolio of AI-based interior sensing algorithms.”

The system enables high-accuracy detection and monitoring, even in low-light in-cabin environments. Its HDR processing extracts maximum image detail in high-contrast scenes, further enhancing the computer vision capabilities of the chip and performance potential of Smart Eye algorithms. The computer vision processor also includes a suite of security features to protect against hacking.

“We are seeing significantly increased demand for both driver and in-cabin monitoring cameras,” says Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “Powered by CV22AQ, this joint platform will allow system designers to fully optimize Smart Eye’s innovative tracking technology in high-performance, low-power system designs.”

Smart Eye’s global headquarters are in Sweden. Its solutions are used by the U.S. Air Force, NASA, BMW, Lockheed Martin, Audi, Boeing, Volvo, General Motors Co., and more.

Abarella’s products are used in surveillance, electronic mirror, drive recorder, autonomous driving, and robotic applications, as well as advanced driver assistance systems and driver and cabin monitoring.

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