Progress Rail and Seeing Machines sign driver monitoring partnership
SEEING MACHINES: Vision technology company Seeing Machines has signed an extended partnership agreement providing Progress Rail Services with an exclusive worldwide licence covering rail applications.
Following an agreement announced at InnoTrans 2014, the two companies have co-operated to undertaken trials using a dashboard-mounted infra-red camera and artificial intelligence to monitor the head and eye movements of a train driver to check that they are not distracted or affected by fatigue. If the camera detects that movements and blinking have ceased, or the driver is looking in an unexpected direction, then an alarm can be sounded.
‘We are delighted to be moving our partnership with global leaders Progress Rail into the commercial phase’, said Paul Angelatos, General Manger Fleet, Rail & Off-Road at Seeing Machines. ‘Having worked closely over the past few years to understand and develop a robust solution for the rail industry through trials, it’s very pleasing that both parties share the same vision and see large market opportunity to enter the commercial ramp phase, which will deliver significant benefits in safety and productivity across the rail sector.’