Autoliv is to collaborate with Seeing Machines to develop next generation driver monitoring systems (DMS) for autonomous vehicles.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows in the US, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured, in vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015 alone.

The American Automobile Association also notes 21% of crashes in which a person was killed involved a drowsy driver. Autoliv and Seeing Machines have started to collaborate to address the issue by developing DMS which can detect distracted and drowsy drivers by accurately measuring eye and head position, driver attention and fatigue.

The DMS will invoke action when a dangerous situation is detected or imminent. 

Reliable understanding of driver states will also allow Autoliv to develop technologies to support autonomous driving functions, with safe hands-off-wheel operation.

Within the collaboration, Autoliv will serve as the Tier-1 supplier to automotive OEMs to produce the driver monitoring systems for future awarded business. 

“Autoliv and Seeing Machines have teamed up to reduce distracted driver accidents,” said Autoliv Electronics president, Johan Löfvenholm

“We both share a passion for saving more lives and together, we will create one of the most advanced driver monitoring systems in the world.”