Canberra-based Seeing Machines and the Australian National University were jointly awarded a grant by the Australian Research Council for Project Interaction to raise awareness of the situation in the car using visual and audio sensors.
The four-year project will support three ANU graduate students and one researcher in using advanced artificial intelligence techniques to infer and predict dangerous driver and passenger behavior.
The project brings together Professor Stephen Gould and Dr. Liang Zheng of ANU with Dr. Seeing Machines Akshay Astana, Professor Mike Lena and co-founder Dr. Sebastian Rouge.
It will seek to develop driving features designed to detect when people become drowsy or distracted, and use autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle technology to mitigate the risks associated with such behavior.
Since its founding in 2020, Seeing Machines has developed into a world leader in driver and passenger monitoring technology with customers in the automotive, commercial and aviation industries.
Lenne said research and development are fundamental to ongoing innovations in the technological solution of driver and operator monitoring systems.
“Being at the forefront of technology for drivers and passengers, as well as an unrivaled understanding of human behavior and access to the data behind it, are key to our continued success,” he said. “Programs like this grant help Seeing Machines maintain our leadership position and, most importantly, ensure that our customers can deliver cutting-edge features to their cars and deliver people home safely.”