Denso and FotoNation, an Xperi group company will start joint technology development of cabin sensing with specializing in image recognition technologies. This collaboration will combine Denso’s accumulated experience in cabin sensing and FotoNation’s facial image recognition and neural network technologies. By combining technologies of the two companies, Denso will be able to achieve the world’s most sophisticated driver status detection, which will not be affected by differences between individual faces, or by sunglasses, masks, and other facial coverings, in the vehicle cabin where environmental light changes dramatically.
Using FotoNation’s facial image recognition and neural networks technologies, detection accuracy will be increased remarkably by detecting much more features instead of using the conventional detection method based on the relative positions of the eyes, nose, mouth, and other facial regions. Moreover, DENSO will develop new functions, such as those to detect the driver’s gaze direction and facial expressions more accurately, to understand the state of mind of the driver in order to help create more comfortable vehicles.
It is known that Xperi Corporation and its brands, DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, Invensas, and Tessera, are dedicated to creating innovative technology solutions that enable extraordinary experiences for people around the world. Denso Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems, and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety.