Subaru has patented an occupant monitoring device for vehicles, utilizing an imager and display to monitor occupants. The device includes a panel overlapping the display and an imager capturing images of occupants. This innovative system aims to enhance safety and comfort for vehicle occupants. GlobalData’s report on Subaru gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Subaru, Battery management systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Subaru's grant share as of February 2024 was 65%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Occupant monitoring device for vehicle with shifted display

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Subaru Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11919454B2) discloses an occupant monitoring device designed for vehicles. The device includes a display positioned in a unique way to be viewed by occupants, with a panel overlapping the display and an imager capturing images of occupants while the screen is displayed. The captured images are then used by a determiner to assess the conditions of the occupants in the vehicle. The device also features a cutout portion on the display, a bilaterally symmetrical panel, and a retainer to hold the panel in place.

Furthermore, the occupant monitoring device includes a camera module with a light projector aimed at the driver, a wide-angle lens for capturing images of occupants in the front row, and a recorder to store captured images. The determiner analyzes differences between images to estimate frontal images of occupants and determine their conditions. Additionally, the determiner can assess the driver's eye condition and line of sight. Overall, this patented technology offers a sophisticated system for monitoring occupants in vehicles, ensuring their safety and well-being through advanced image capture and analysis capabilities.

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