Aptiv enhances safety and convenience with its Interior Sensing technology

Jan 22, 2020   Technology

One of the exciting technologies we had on display at the 2020 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month was Aptiv’s interior sensing platform.

Using the latest generation of cameras and radars, the system can recognise and respond to drivers’ and passengers’ body positioning, gestures, and eye movement. It’s a simple concept based on sophisticated software, and this one technology opens the door to a whole host of innovations ranging from comfort and convenience to lifesaving.

With Aptiv Driver State Sensing, when the car senses that the driver is distracted – or even asleep – it can sound an alert or take other appropriate actions. With 41% of crashes resulting from driver inattention or distraction, and another 7% resulting from sleep, this is a critical advance in itself.

The company is taking the idea a step further by integrating that capability with exterior sensors. For more than two decades, Aptiv has led the industry in sensing and perception systems, introducing the industry’s first automotive-grade radar, the first exterior sensor fusion of radar and vision, and the first AI-powered 3D Gesture Recognition System.

At CES, the company showed Aptiv Interior/Exterior Sensor Fusion, which allows a car to detect when a driver is distracted or unaware of a hazard outside the vehicle and proactively warns them to prevent a life-threatening incident before it occurs.

Another potentially lifesaving advancement is Aptiv Child Presence Detection. Aptiv uses multiple sensing modalities that can help inform and take action if a child is inadvertently left behind. We can use radar, ultrasonic sensing, or cabin cameras  powered by AI algorithms to detect the presence of a baby. An advanced radar is the most reliable solution for this, as it can sense for both heartbeat and respiration, even through dense blankets or other obstructions. These technologies provide a range of options for manufacturers, and through our integration capabilities, we can fully customise them to vehicle manufacturer specifications, enabling intelligent and effective response protocols.

If the vehicle knows where a driver is looking, it can be smart about the interior lighting with Aptiv’s Intelligent Interior Lighting. For example, it can selectively illuminate displays or areas of the car when occupants need it, based on where they are looking. It can dim areas or displays that aren’t being looked at to save energy. If someone reaches down to the floor to pick something up, the car can turn on a light in that area.

If the vehicle knows where a driver is pointing, it can couple that information with the telematics system to provide information about landmarks or areas of interest outside the vehicle using Aptiv Point-to-Search.

If the vehicle knows that a passenger has their feet up on the dashboard, it can sound an alert that the person is out of position, or prevent a potentially catastrophic airbag deployment. When the car can see whether everyone is buckled, sensors in the buckles themselves are unnecessary.

Aptiv’s driver state sensing and gesture control technologies are just the starting point. With its insights into AI and how it can connect to all of the sensors in a vehicle, the company will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible.

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