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Seeing Machines Recorded 11.4 Million Distraction ‘Events’ | Canberra time

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From a robotics lab at the Australian National University just over 20 years ago, a group of researchers formed an Australian company that built a driver alert system already installed in 250,000 vehicles worldwide and saving lives. When Tim Edwards, Sebastien Rougeaux and two colleagues formed a small company called Seeing Machines in Canberra, little did they know that the groundbreaking work they were doing would surpass multimillion-dollar search operations research efforts elsewhere. striving to achieve the same goal. goal. Harnessing applied mathematics and robotics, Mr. Edwards and his team co-developed the core technology behind the company’s success: faceLAB, the world’s first non-contact automatic face and eye tracking system. It was essentially a camera that “monitors” drowsiness or inattention, but the keys to the technology are the complex built-in algorithms that help the computer’s artificial intelligence understand what it is monitoring: often tiny triggers of a real-time distraction event evident in the driver’s face and eyes. The algorithm had to be robust enough to deal with face masks, sunglasses, facial expression, behavior, hats, wigs, jewelry, and all the myriad of human behaviors that could indicate distraction. After studying ocean waves and boat wakes, Tim Roberts and his Seeing Machines co-founders are now riding the next wave of integrated vehicle safety technologies that will rush to market over the next decade for all types of vehicles. Given that fatigue and inattention are massive contributors to road injuries around the world – and even in other areas such as aviation and industrial safety – it’s vital work. Seeing Machines’ first-generation monitoring technology was launched in the mining industry, with Caterpillar as its first major customer. The logic was that if the technology could survive the toughest conditions in mines, it could easily work in much easier environments above ground. There are now two versions of the technology, one called Guardian, which can be retrofitted to existing vehicles, and the Driver Monitoring System, which can be integrated at the manufacturer level. Guardian-equipped vehicles have now traveled 8.6 billion miles worldwide and over 11.4 million distraction “events” have been recorded. At locations in Australia and the United States – set up to cater to the two disparate time zones – Seeing Machines can now monitor truck fleets using its technology. In Europe, safety authorities have made driver distraction technology mandatory in all new passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles from 2025. BLAKE’S LEGACY CAMPAIGN: In a resolution in the European Parliament last June, it was found that 40-60% of all work-related fatalities are traffic accidents that occur during work or commuting, and described how “common” driver fatigue was. on EU roads.” Seeing Machines’ chief innovation and science officer, Mike Lenné, said that as Europe and North America move towards a mandate for systems driver monitoring system in all cars, trucks, vans and buses, Australia “must lead by example. We recommend that, as a starting point, a modernized driver monitoring system be required by all heavy-duty vehicles on Australian roads,” he said. “Ideally this would be backed by Australian regulators and endorsed by the insurance community with a government-funded rebate for participating organizations to encourage and sponsor the adoption.” Major truck fleet operators are convinced, with companies like Ron Finemore’s, Toll and Linfox all using driver monitoring technology as a health and workplace health necessity. garlic. Owner-operators who rarely change vehicles and immediately feel the effects of rising costs, such as the recent 15% increase in the price of diesel fuel, have been slower to adopt it. LEARN MORE ABOUT MACHINES TO SEE: MORE ABOUT BLAKE’S LEGACY: Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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