Cipia, formerly Eyesight Technologies, an AI computer vision in-cabin automotive solutions provider, and OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced a partnership to create the first mass-market entry level driver monitoring solution to address safety standards and regulatory requirements. The partnership combines OmniVision’s OAX8000 automotive application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) with Cipia’s driver monitoring software.

Beginning with the publication of Euro NCAP’s 2025 Roadmap, regulatory bodies around the world started looking into driver monitoring systems (DMS) to combat the dangers of driver distraction and drowsiness. In Europe, the general safety regulations do not apply the driver monitoring requirements solely on new vehicle models, but to all vehicles that will be registered in Europe (existing models included).

While new models are easy to fit with a DMS as the requirements for such technology are taken into account in the vehicles’ design, the challenge is retrofitting existing models to comply with new DMS regulations. With its small form factor and cost-effective positioning, the OAX8000 is ideal for retrofitting existing vehicles, while also providing an excellent standalone DMS option for new models.

The OAX8000 provides hardware with the optimal balance of CPU, NPU and memory for Cipia’s DMS solution, which is highly resource efficient, while ensuring high quality. The combination of OmniVision’s hardware and Cipia’s software enables not only detection of drowsiness and distraction for safety compliance, but also convenience features, such as driver identity for in-cabin personalization.