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Testing self-driving vehicles

Backup-driver Monitoring System (BdMS)

Testing self-driving cars on public roads is crucial to their ongoing development. It’s also inherently risky.

Seeing Machines’ BdMS helps mitigate the risk by supporting the human back-up driver.

Self-driving vehicles must navigate through traffic, avoid pedestrians and respond reliably to changing road conditions, including sudden events.

While automated driving technology is improving all the time, self-driving vehicles are not yet ready to ‘go it alone’. They need a back-up driver to intervene at times. But humans are prone to fatigue and distraction – the back-up driver may not be alert enough to take control when it matters.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends driver monitoring systems in semi- and autonomous vehicles to mitigate the risk of back-up driver inattention contributing to accidents.

Seeing Machines’ Backup-driver Monitoring System can be retro-fitted to semi- and autonomous vehicles Levels 3 to 5, as classified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

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In-cab sensor

In-cab sensor

Key features

An in-vehicle sensor monitors the driver’s face and eyes.

An in-vehicle sensor monitors the driver’s face and eyes.

Automotive-grade FOVIO driver monitoring technology tracks alertness and identifies distraction.

Automotive-grade FOVIO driver monitoring technology tracks alertness and identifies distraction.

Escalating alerts – visual, audible and vibratory – warn the back-up driver of fatigue or distraction in real time.

Escalating alerts – visual, audible and vibratory – warn the back-up driver of fatigue or distraction in real time.

Real-time data and video can be relayed back-to-base and synchronised with other vehicle data.

Real-time data and video can be relayed back-to-base and synchronised with other vehicle data.

The driver monitoring system operates under real-world lighting and weather conditions. It also accommodates most wearable items, such as glasses, sunglasses, face masks, caps, headscarves, cosmetics and jewellery.

Why Seeing Machines

  • Our safety technology is underpinned by 20+ years of scientific research, making it more empathetic to human beings.
  • We have years of experience in delivering driver monitoring safety solutions for commercial and industrial fleets, as well as in passenger car applications.
  • Seeing Machines’ BdMS is designed specifically to meet the needs of self-driving vehicle fleet owners and operators.

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