Experience complete in-cabin monitoring solution

06-12-2023 | Melexis | Semiconductors

Melexis and emotion3D are launching a revolutionary automotive in-cabin monitoring solution based on 3D ToF technology. It overcomes the limitations of established driver monitoring systems (DMS). For the first time, experience the strength and increased reliability of 3D data during a live demo at CES 2024.

Legislative momentum for advanced driver distraction warnings is fast growing worldwide. Driver Monitoring Systems aim to detect driver inattentiveness, fatigue, and distraction. Occupant Monitoring Systems strives to deliver occupant detection, classification and body tracking to enhance passive safety through smart restraint control and dynamic automatic suppression systems. 3D ToF technology uniquely provides the best performance to merge these applications into a single camera solution.

3D ToF cameras utilising Melexis’ automotive-qualified MLX75027, true VGA ToF sensor, and emotion3D’s CABIN EYE software simultaneously generate IR and distance images, thereby mapping a full scene in three dimensions. This essential information is employed to accurately assess driver fitness to drive while indicating the location of other occupants in the vehicle, detecting limb position, tracking movements, and detecting body or hand gestures. Direct access to measured distance data greatly improves image segmentation options and lowers the computational load and system cost.

“The combination of Melexis’ automotive track record in 3D sensing with easily accessible application software from emotion3D helps customers to overcome the challenges to create improved safety systems ”, says Kristof Lieben, product manager at Melexis. “Overall, this joint offering significantly simplifies and accelerates the development of camera monitoring systems. It enables competitively priced solutions that will enhance safety for everyone on the road and can increase comfort and convenience for its users.”

“This Driver and Occupant Monitoring System (DOMS) solution in partnership with Melexis showcases the latest technology in the field to combine three important concerns in the in-cabin environment: active safety, passive safety and user experience,” said Florian Seitner, CEO of emotion3D. “We hope to welcome many visitors from the automotive industry to come see the demonstrator in action at CES this January.”

CES visitors can experience the full potential of ToF technology at CES Las Vegas on 9-12 January 2024.

By Seb Springall