aiMotive and emotion3D provide driver monitoring solutions for aiWare NPU on Nextchip APACHE5

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Modular automated driving technology supplier aiMotive and emotion3D – an automotive in-cabin analysis software vendor ­– have announced that the pair have completed the porting and optimization of emotion3D’s driver and occupant monitoring system (DOMS) solutions using the aiWare Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to accelerate their proprietary CNNs.

“Thanks to aiMotive’s powerful and efficient aiWare NPU plus great tools, complemented by their unique and extensive automotive software and solutions know-how, we have been able to realize the full capabilities of our Cabin Eye AI software stack quickly and easily,” explained Florian Seitner, CEO, emotion3D. “We believe our combined technologies enable OEMs and Tier 1s to deploy the most advanced DOMS solutions faster and more cost-effectively.”

“For embedded AI in automotive, close collaboration with our NPU ecosystem partners is crucial for the success of our Tier1 and OEM customers,” commented Márton Fehér, SVP of hardware, aiMotive. “We are delighted that emotion3D’s advanced algorithms used in their DOMS applications could take full advantage of the high efficiency of the aiWare3P NPU used in Nextchip’s APACHE5 SoC.”

The Cabin Eye software stack from emotion3D features several driver and occupant monitoring functions. The product’s network architecture results in highly efficient processing, even when multiple functions are running in parallel. Furthermore, Cabin Eye is flexible and works with any camera and camera position. This enables easy system setup and function selection for Tier 1s and OEMs.

Nextchip’s APACHE5 is an SoC for deep learning- based (CNN) ADAS applications. APACHE5 features an aiWare3P-based NPU and automotive image signal processor, resulting in a high-performance embedded ADAS processing solution.

The new solution is now available for licensing on the Nextchip APACHE5 SoC.

“We are very pleased to see the close collaboration and exceptional results achieved by two of Nextchip’s key partners… we see in-cabin vision systems as a key enabler for mass-market adoption of automated driving and look forward to our APACHE5 SoC being a leading platform for DOMS solutions,” said Young-Jun Yoo, director of marketing, Nextchip.

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