Seeing Machines has launched a retrofit driver monitoring system for autonomous vehicles in response to clear demand from the broadening deployment of semi-autonomous and autonomous research vehicles. The Guardian Backup-driver Monitoring System (Guardian BdMS) is designed to ensure that the backup-driver in a self-driving research vehicle is alert, aware and ready to take control of the driving task whenever necessary.

The US National Transportation Safety Board recommended in 2017 that driver monitoring systems should be installed when testing autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles in order to enhance safety and minimise accidents related to fatigue, dwindling attention or distraction on the part of the backup-driver.

The primary function of the camera-based Guardian BdMS system is to track the backup-driver’s face and eyes during on-road automated or semi-automated vehicle testing, report driver state information (e.g. onroad, or off-road attention state), and identify distraction events of increasing severity (e.g. insufficient driver attention to the road scene). The Guardian BdMS leverages Seeing Machines automotive-grade FOVIO driver monitoring technology in a convenient retrofit system for SAE L3 to L5 test vehicle fleets.

Source: Seeing Machines Limited