Automotive

Smart Eye and OMNIVISION announce automotive interior sensing solution

14th September 2022
Paige West

Smart Eye and OMNIVISION announced their combined solution for unparalleled accuracy in automotive interior sensing.

This solution will be demonstrated at AutoSens Brussels, September 12-14, 2022.

The solution pairs Smart Eye’s algorithms for interior sensing AI and OMNIVISION’s next generation RGB-IR BSI global shutter (GS) sensor for in-cabin and occupant monitoring systems (IMS and OMS). It provides automotive OEMs with optimal interior sensing functions that are fully compliant with General Safety Regulations (GSR) and Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) requirements.

OMNIVISION’s GS sensor has the smallest 2.2-micron pixel and highest 940nm near-infrared (NIR) sensitivity in its class. It offers state-of-the-art performance, enabling single-LED designs, instead of two to four LEDs, reducing power consumption, size and cost. Glow is also minimised due to OMNIVISION’s Nyxel NIR technology, which uses novel silicon semiconductor architectures and processes to achieve the world’s highest quantum efficiency for DMS of 36% at the invisible 940nm NIR light wavelength, providing the clearest driver images for use by AI software algorithms. In addition, the small pixel and a-CSPTM package further reduce camera module size. Coupled with Smart Eye’s new and enhanced interior sensing algorithms, it can deliver a complete, seamless solution for automotive OEMs.

“Interior sensing requires sensors that offer high-end performance in complex environments,” said Detlef Wilke, VP of Automotive Solutions at Smart Eye. “As the next generation of cars are brought to higher levels of autonomy, the innovative interior sensing capabilities enabled by these advanced technologies will be in high demand from automotive OEMs. This longstanding partnership with OMNIVISION positions us to meet the needs of the industry both today, and in the future.”

“GSR and Euro NCAP regulations will put added requirements on sensing capabilities for IMS, DMS and OMS,” said Andy Hanvey, Director of automotive marketing at OMNIVISION. “The next generation pixel meets these requirements and only requires 1 LED. When combined with Smart Eye’s cutting-edge algorithm, this is a compelling solution for automotive OEMs.”

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