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Spain’s SEAT showcases Israeli auto safety tech in new car

Spain’s SEAT showcases Israeli auto safety tech in new car

MADRID: Israel-developed sensor technology that alerts drivers when they are distracted or drowsy has been incorporated into a car to be showcased by Spanish manufacturer SEAT at the 2018 Mobile World Congress Show this week in Barcelona.

SEAT has joined forces with Israel’s eyeSight Technologies to incorporate its embedded computer vision and deep learning solutions within the Leon Cristobel Concept Car it will present at the Barcelona congress.

Our technology uses computer vision  a camera technology to provide a complete in-cabin vision solution,” said Levy. The technology looks at the position of drivers’ heads, their eyes, how often they blink and where they are looking. It can also detect pupil dilation, which would provide information about drugs or alcohol use.

The car manufacturers must decide what to do when an alert is given, said Levy. In the case of the Leon Cristobel, SEAT decided to give an audio warning to drivers about being distracted or too drowsy to drive, he said.

Driverless car and auto technologies that would remove human error from the driving experience have seen an explosion of interest in the past few years by corporations and investors. Auto-tech funding quadrupled to over $4 billion in 2017, according to New York based data firm CBInsights. The $15 billion acquisition of Israeli auto-technology firm Mobileye by Intel Corp. last year cast a spotlight on Israeli startups in the sector, enabling the nation to become a significant player in the automotive industry of the future.

The Leon Cristobal is the safest car in the history of the SEAT brand as it is equipped with 15 advanced safety assistant systems that contribute to reducing the main causes of road collisions, eyeSight said in a statement.

“SEAT’s collaboration with eyeSight Technologies underscores our commitment to driver safety,” said Stefan Ilijevic, head of Innovation and Patent at SEAT.