Omron develops onboard driver monitoring sensor
Omron Corp.’s onboard driver monitoring sensor features technology that uses three barometers to judge whether the driver is capable of focusing on driving responsibilities: 1) Whether the driver is observing the vehicle's operation (Eyes ON/OFF), 2) How quickly the driver will be able to resume driving (Readiness High/Mid/Low), and 3) Whether the driver is behind the wheel (Seating ON/OFF). Additionally, further advances in the company's facial image-sensing technology, OKAO Vision, allow the system to sense the state of the driver, even if the driver is wearing a mask or sunglasses.
Omron says it developed its onboard driver monitoring sensor based on the needs and legislative trends surrounding autonomous driving, deeming it necessary that high practical functionality is a necessity for judging whether or not the driver is concentrating on driving. The company says its new sensor represents further advancement in the onboard sensor with "driver concentration-sensing technology" that it announced in June last year.
Omron says it’s conducting demonstration tests to collect a wide variety of data on drivers while at the wheel, equipping a broad range of vehicles—including privately owned family cars—with the company's newly developed onboard driver monitoring sensor and biosensors for measuring heart electrical activity and pulse waves. This demonstration testing has been under way since FY 2017 and is being carried out in collaboration with Nagoya University's Institutes of Innovation for Future Society and the Human Machine Harmonization System Consortium. Through this effort, the group is looking to use the collected data for further technological development.
Omron aims to get its onboard driver monitoring sensor adopted for use in automobiles to be launched ahead of 2020.