Xperi announced recently that its in-cabin monitoring technology was selected by four auto brands for use in new vehicles, bringing to 20 the total number of its new vehicle “design-ins.”
The company, which broadcasters know best as the parent of HD Radio and DTS Connected Radio, is seeking to partner with more car and truck companies to advance monitoring technologies that it says are redefining the “in-cabin experience.” As cars become more autonomous, it says, the importance of these technologies will continue to grow.
“Our detection technology enables OEMs to offer a safer, more personalized and convenient experience for drivers and occupants, today and into the future. Our systems have the capability to be effective even if drivers or occupants are wearing face masks as so many are today,” said Jeff Jury, the general manager of automotive, in a company announcement in May.
The company said its driver monitoring solution is shipping in five light commercial vehicles from three OEM brands, and that 15 new vehicle design-ins for occupants and drivers will go into production starting next year.
Xperi says its monitoring technologies provide driver and occupant “state analytics” using edge computing and neural networks. “In addition to detecting all human occupants of a vehicle, our solution detects pets and relevant objects, such as child seats. For each human occupant, the technology provides advanced analytics such as passenger authentication, age group, emotional state, and body pose.”
Watch an Xperi video about its in-cabin monitoring systems:
The company says its algorithms can monitor drivers wearing glasses, helmets, hats, scarves and face masks. “Occlusion handling has become a particularly valuable feature today as so many people around the world are wearing face masks as a preventative measure against COVID-19,” it stated.
The website TechTheLead subsequently picked up on this announcement and riffed on the kinds of consumer interactions that it might make possible in an article headlined “If You Can Dream It, Your Car Will Do It.”
“Xperi’s driver monitoring solution is able to detect a distracted or drowsy driver and keep him safe behind the wheel using visual cues (face detection and tracking, head position, eye gaze, eyelid opening, etc),” wrote author Mara Anton. “Xperi’s in-cabin solutions can be tailored by car manufacturers to fit their design needs and creative use-cases. A car that turns into a moving cinema? One that acts like a portable office? Or a vehicle that’s a therapist on the go? It’s all up to the manufacturer’s path to fully-autonomous vehicles and your imagination, of course!” Read that here.