Solutions for driver monitoring systems (DMS) are offered by iCatch Technology.

iCatch Technology has been devoting a lot of resources to the development of imaging-based ADAS technology as well as the market penetration of electric vehicles and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System). When ADAS is turned on, how to make sure the driver is still paying attention to the state of the road ahead becomes a crucial issue for both the auto industry and the government. As a result, starting in 2023, Euro NCAP will factor Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) into its five-star safety assessment.

The system will inform the driver and even take over control of the vehicle when necessary by integrating DMS, which uses multi-sensor fusion and AI edge computing to monitor the driver’s attentiveness and health status. The Intelligent Imaging SoC from iCatch can support many imaging sensors at once to suit the demands of automakers for image resolution, dynamic range, and privacy security. Imaging is the foundation of DMS. Additionally, iCatch has been collaborating with top DMS algorithm providers to offer potential clients worldwide a complete solution.

A major European automaker has chosen the AI Intelligent Imaging SoC from iCatch to serve as the primary processor for its DMS, and this product is already in mass production.

Traffic law violations and human mistake are the two main categories of automobile accident causes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Euro NCAP both report that human error is actually to blame for 94–96% of accidents. In order to account for human error, Euro NCAP has started mandating the use of ADAS of all kinds. For instance, in 2023, DMS will be one of the required systems in a car to qualify for a 5-Star safety rating. iCatch has prepared a number of DMS solutions that have already been installed on numerous passenger and commercial vehicles, even while automotive Tier-1s continue to improve DMS systems.

A major European automaker has chosen the Intelligent Imaging SoC from iCatch as the primary processor for its DMS, and mass production of the chip has already begun. On the other hand, the fleet management dash cam, which integrates DMS capabilities for driver coaching, has also been powered by the iCatch SoC. An important US transportation and e-commerce company has chosen to use this dash cam product. With the help of iCatch, Ability Enterprise, a top Taiwanese image ODM, will sell ADAS and in-cabin monitoring camera modules to Japanese autonomous driving developers as well as multi-camera AI dash cams with built-in ADAS and DMS features to US and Japanese fleet management clients. Automotive camera modules based on iCatch’s technology are offered by Appro Photoelectron, an Elite Partner of Nvidia in Taiwan, in order to work with Nvidia AI computing platforms for ADAS and DMS applications.

With the inbuilt deep learning accelerator, iCatch’s EVS-based intelligent vision sensing solution can track the driver’s gaze and level of awareness in addition to protecting the driver’s privacy.

In order to support multiple sensor technologies, such as Global Shutter, RGBIR color filter, and Event-based sensing for various smart cabin applications, such as DMS, Occupant Monitoring System (OMS), and Face Recognition, iCatch’s Intelligent Imaging SoC includes an industry-leading image signal processor and AI deep learning accelerator. A single camera equipped with an RGBIR sensor can produce both color and monochrome IR images for in-cabin video conferencing as well as for monitoring the driver and other passengers. The event-based vision sensor (EVS) is a brand-new sensor technology that simply records the outline of moving objects, greatly reducing the output data, and processing it with an incredibly high reaction rate. Together with Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS) and Prophesee, iCatch has created an EVS-based intelligent vision processing system. When this solution is used with the DMS application, it not only uses the embedded deep learning accelerator to track the driver’s gaze and alertness with high accuracy and a quick response rate, but it also protects the driver’s privacy.

To increase driving safety, a DMS device must be able to adjust to the constantly shifting lighting conditions within the vehicle and deliver dependable alerts even if the driver is donning glasses or sunglasses. The most recent Intelligent Imaging SoC from iCatch can handle sensor fusion and offer customers a complete and reliable solution. The safety of drivers and other road users is iCatch Technology’s top priority, and the company will keep investing in resources to expand AI deep learning and image signal processing technology.

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