Osram & Joyson Safety Develop Driver Monitoring System for Semi-autonomous Driving

Posted Sep 14, 2018 by OSRAM

The new Cadillac CT6 2018 will now come equipped with an innovative system for semi-autonomous driving developed jointly by Osram Opto and Joyson Safety Systems. The new ‘Super Cruise’ is the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway. Osram’s infrared and LED components, which are embedded in Joyson Safety Systems’ steering wheel for the Cadillac CT6, allow the system to monitor driver attentiveness by tracking his or her head position to ensure drivers are watching the road ahead while ‘Super Cruise’ is engaged.

The ‘Super Cruise’ technology represents the next evolution of adaptive cruise control and works only if the driver is paying attention to the road ahead. To that end, Joyson Safety Systems worked with Osram to design a steering wheel that features an embedded infrared camera that tracks the driver’s head position and gaze to confirm the driver’s eyes are on the road at all times. If the driver looks away from the road for too long, the ‘Super Cruise’ system will send a series of alerts for the driver to resume supervision of the road. In the limited event when a driver becomes completely unresponsive, the Cadillac CT6 utilizes the full capability of onboard driver assistance technologies to bring the car to a controlled stop.

The Joyson Safety Systems’ steering wheel is equipped with Osram’s Oslon Black SFH 4715S IREDs that helps track eye movement, as well as with Osram’s RGB Multiled to indicate to the driver when the ‘Super Cruise’ system is operating and what function it is currently performing. For instance, the LED lights turn green when the ‘Super Cruise’ system is engaged. The lights turn blue when the system senses the driver might not being paying attention, and turn red when the system disengages. The LEDs also blink when the IREDs are blocked from viewing the driver’s eyes.