OmniVision Technologies and Smart Eye Team Up To Develop Turnkey Drive and Cabin Monitoring Solution

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. and Swedish eye tracking company Smart Eye have teamed up to develop a turnkey driver and cabin monitoring solution that targets automotive OEMs. The system integrates Smart Eye’s sensing algorithm library with OmniVision’s new OV2311 CMOS image sensor – a 2 MPixel sensor with global shutter and an Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) B rating. (ASIL is a risk classification scheme defined by the ISO 26262 – Functional Safety for Road Vehicles standard). The sensor will provide a wide field of view to adjust for various driver seat positions, along with images for tracking gaze and sensing throughout the cabin interior, including passengers as well as the driver. Coupled with the algorithms from Smart Eye, the sensor enables the “full range of driver and cabin monitoring implementations, from safety applications to augmented reality displays and interior sensing with deep neural networks and artificial intelligence,” according to OmniVision.

“Automotive OEMs need image sensors that are certified to ASIL B for level-3 autonomous vehicles, beginning with 2021 models,” said Marius Evensen, senior automotive technical marketing manager at OmniVision. “The OV2311’s ASIL B certification includes advanced safety features. Additionally, by pairing it with Smart Eye’s sensing algorithm, we are providing OEMs with a robust, turnkey solution that meets the most demanding automotive industry requirements.”

Karolina Wikander, Head of Business Management at Smart Eye, stated: “Our long-term, close working relationship allowed us to seamlessly merge our proven eye-tracking algorithm expertise with OmniVision’s industry-leading image sensors. OmniVision’s OV2311 is now the benchmark for the driver monitoring industry. Our combined solution benefits automotive OEMs needing a complete hardware and software package that has been thoroughly tested and is ready to implement in a wide variety of vehicles.”