DTS, an American company that creates next-generation audio, imaging, and sensing technology, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xperi Holding Corporation, has just announced that it has created a device that represents the first in the world occupant monitoring solution (OMS), designed for passenger vehicles.
AutoSense was named the Overall AutoTech Solution of the Year in the 2020 AutoTech Breakthrough Awards and a top safety choice in the 2020 CLEPA Innovation Awards. The system uses A.I. software and a camera to locate in real-time the presence of occupants and objects inside the vehicle.
“The increasing level of automation in vehicles and upcoming vehicle safety mandates in Europe, as well as three recently proposed U.S. congressional vehicle safety, acts, highlights the growing importance of increasing a vehicle’s sensitivity to both driver and occupants to prevent distracted driving, impaired driving and the possibility of leaving a child or pet in a hot car,”Jeff Jury, Xperi senior vice president, and general manager of the automotive division.
According to DTS, the technology allows users to personalize specific recommendations, such as content, playlists, music volume, preferred radio stations, or even temperature adjustments.
The last is a more than welcome option considering that on average in the United States alone, 38 children under the age of 15 die each year from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle, and several hundred pets share the same fate every year.
“DTS AutoSense OMS embodies the spirit of the AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program, delivering breakthrough technology that significantly enhances vehicle safety for drivers and passengers, and builds on their legacy of innovating pioneering audio technology solutions.”Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director at AutoTech Breakthrough Awards
In addition to OEMs, the jury noted that the Calabasas based company has also partnered with the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) technical groups who are working towards NCAP 2023 and 2025 requirements:
“DTS AutoSense is designed to work in all driving conditions, is platform-agnostic, and offers automakers a solution for each of these potential dangers, and more, with complex occupant sensing technology that is right in the sweet spot of anticipated mandates for autonomous vehicle production.”
Other Xperi technology includes DTS Connected Radio, a hybrid radio system that combines reception of broadcast signals with IP-delivered metadata, and HD-Radio, the most successfully deployed commercial digital radio system worldwide. And to top it up, all DTS AutoSense products do not require cloud connectivity, thus enabling all the data to remain within the vehicle.