Seeing Machines technology enables GM Super Cruise driver assistance system
Seeing Machines, developer of computer vision technologies that enable machines to see, understand, and assist people, announced the automotive production debut of its FOVIO driver monitoring technology in the 2018 Cadillac CT6. The FOVIO-based driver monitoring system (DMS) forms an integral part of GM's Super Cruise hands-free driving system for the highway.
The Cadillac Super Cruise system uses the FOVIO vision technology to enable a gumdrop-sized infrared camera on the steering wheel column to accurately determine the driver's attention state.
Determining driver attention state is accomplished through a measure of head orientation and eyelid movements under a full range of daytime and night-time driving conditions, including the use of sunglasses. If the driver looks away from the road or closes their eyes for more than a few seconds, a light bar integrated into the steering wheel will flash to guide the driver's attention back to the road. If the system determines that the driver is continuing to ignore the road, intentionally or otherwise, a series of escalating visual, audible, and tactile alerts are employed. This is followed, eventually, by an automatic safe stop of the vehicle if the driver does not, or cannot, return attention to the road.
"Keeping the driver engaged is one of the requirements for Super Cruise," said Jon Lauckner, GM's Chief Technology Officer. "With the help of Seeing Machines, we were able to develop a driver attention system that was effective but not intrusive."
Mike McAuliffe, CEO of Seeing Machines, added, "The Seeing Machines team has worked very hard on this breakthrough driver attention system (DAS) technology for a number of years and is proud to have helped GM bring to market the world's first hands-free driving system for the highway, with Super Cruise. We look forward to continuing our GM partnership as we continue to advance the development and integration of our driver monitoring technology into GM's DAS."