Interior Cameras and Eye-tracking to Dominate Driver Monitoring Technology in Active Safety, Autonomous Driving, and Smart HMI Era

13 Nov 2014

Global shipments of factory-installed Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) systems based on interior facing cameras will reach 6.7 million by 2019, according to recent findings from ABI Research. “DMS solutions are expected to gain new momentum as critical support systems for human-machine interactions (HMI) related to ADAS active safety alerts and autonomous-to-manual handover but also as solutions enabling smart dashboards and contextual HMI in an in-vehicle environment increasingly characterized by information overload,” comments VP and Practice Director Dominique Bonte.

In particular, eye-tracking technology allowing gaze direction and eyelid movement analysis, as well as facial recognition will emerge as the key DMS technology, gradually replacing traditional approaches. At the same time it will enable a wider set of applications including personalization, security, health tracking, and distraction and fatigue detection.

While Mercedes-Benz’s Attention Assist, Ford’s Driver Alert, Volvo’s Driver Alert Control, and Volkswagen’s Fatigue Detection use a combination of legacy technologies such as forward facing cameras, steering wheel angle, and vehicle sensors, Toyota has already deployed eye-tracking systems in its Lexus brand, with Volvo (Driver State Estimation) and GM planning future deployments.

Toyota supplier Aisin, Continental (Driver Focus), Visteon (HMeye), Takata, Seeing Machines, and Tobii are jockeying for position in an increasingly competitive eye-tracking ecosystem. NVIDIA and Intel (partnership with Ford) are also showing interest in the eye-tracking market. Vendors such as SmartDrive and Lytx are mainly targeting commercial vehicle fleets with video analytics solutions.

The Driver Monitoring Systems study describes driver monitoring use cases and applications, issues and challenges, main solutions and vendors and includes shipment, revenue, and installed base forecasts. It is part of ABI Research’s Automotive Safety and Autonomous Driving Market Research which covers OEM and aftermarket telematics solutions, ADAS and active safety and autonomous vehicles.

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