Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Strategies for Driver Monitoring Systems in Europe
OEMs have specific system architectural preferences for DMS; it can be integrated with the steering ECU or have an ECU of its own. Traditional steering angle sensors can be integrated with steering ECUs, while sensors on the steering wheel and cameras still require a stand-alone ECU.
OEMs can choose between mono cameras and stereo cameras. Stereo cameras can harbor more functions related to driver gestures and eye monitoring, but the downside is their high costs.
Driver identification, hands-on-steering detection, gesture recognition, and most importantly drowsiness detection are few of the major DMS functions available. To add to the existing features within DMS, suppliers are trying to bring in advanced features such as mood detection and driver health monitoring.
To facilitate driver monitoring functions (other than the few basic features available), additional hardware such as a stereo or mono camera (either road-facing with lane-assist functionalities or driver-facing) and sensors on the steering wheel along with other devices and sensors would become a necessity.
About this report
Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) analyze driver behavior, detect behavior patterns for micro-sleep, and issue appropriate warnings to alert and refocus the driver’s attention back to the road, thus working to reduce drowsiness-related crashes. DMS functions are achieved using data processed from the steering angle sensor, the sensors on the steering wheel, and a mono camera with lane assist. However, the industry is expected to move from using traditional sensors to camera-based systems. Several OEMs have realized the potential of systems which not only support additional DMS functionalities, but also act as a human machine interface and enhance the driver experience.
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