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July 29, 2021

Smart Eye announces four new design wins from global North American OEM

Smart Eye AB receives four new design wins from a major North American car manufacturer. The order is for four new car models on an existing platform, with an estimated revenue of 100 MSEK, based on forecasts of the estimated product life cycle.

Smart Eye, the leading developer of AI-based Driver Monitoring System (DMS) software to the automotive industry, has received an new order from a major global North American OEM. The new order extends Smart Eye’s DMS solution to four new car models, in addition to the three previously communicated design wins with the customer.

The new car models including Smart Eye’s technology are estimated to go into production in 2023. The estimated revenue for the order is 100 MSEK, based on product life cycle volume projections.

”These new design wins are a testament to the fact that our DMS technology stands strong, and that our customers are confident in our capability to deliver the market leading solutions for safety critical systems”, says Martin Krantz, CEO of Smart Eye.

Smart Eye has now received a total of 88 design wins from 13 OEMs. The combined estimated lifetime value from current design wins is now larger than 2 250 MSEK. Estimated value over the product lifecycle from possible additional design wins with the car manufacturers on existing platforms is now 4 000 MSEK.

 

July 20, 2021

Smart Eye and OmniVision Announce End-to-End Interior Sensing Solution

Smart Eye’s Interior Sensing system provides complete driver and cabin monitoring, tracking eye gaze, body key points, activities and objects in a vehicle, seat occupancy and more.

Smart Eye and OmniVision team up to provide the automotive industry with a ground-breaking end-to-end interior sensing solution. Through a combination of two industry-leading technologies, the solution enables complete in-cabin monitoring with innovative features that bring the next generation of automobiles to a higher level of autonomy.   

Smart Eye AB, a global leader in interior sensing AI, and OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, jointly announce today a full Interior Sensing solution for automotive OEMs that enables complete driver and cabin monitoring with videoconferencing applications from a single RGB-IR sensor. 

The solution is the first integrated video processing chain, which combines innovative features based on the OmniVision OV2312 RGB-IR sensor, supporting exceptional day and night performance.

“Interior Sensing AI is crucial for the automotive industry. Not only is this technology improving automotive safety – saving human lives around the world – it is also enabling automakers to provide differentiated mobility experiences that enhance wellness, comfort and entertainment,” says Martin Krantz, Founder and CEO of Smart Eye. “By partnering with OmniVision, we are delivering on this vision: providing an end-to-end, highly advanced Interior Sensing system that meets the demands of automotive OEMs, at a price point that makes it viable for the mass market.”  

“Empowered by our OmniPixel®3-GS pixel technology, the OV2312 is a 2.1MP, RGB-IR, global shutter image sensor that was designed specifically for interior applications, and it strikes a balance with MTF, NIR QE, and power consumption. We are proud to partner with Smart Eye to enable this accurate full interior sensing solution,” says Brian Pluckebaum, automotive product marketing manager at OmniVision.

Smart Eye’s AI-based eye, mouth and head tracking technology provides EuroNCAP performance linked with full cabin monitoring and driver monitoring, featuring distraction, drowsiness and incapacitated driver detection, combined with driver identification and spoof-proof processing. The cabin monitoring also includes occupancy detection for all seats, combined with out of position, seat belt status and forgotten baby detection. The action detection allows an understanding of occupant actions like driver hands on steering wheel, interaction with mobile device, calling, drinking, and eating. These actions may have an impact on the interaction between the vehicle and the occupant and will be a pre-requisite for higher levels of vehicle autonomy.

Contacts

Gabi Zijderveld, CMO Smart Eye AB
Phone: +1 781.996.3037
Email: Gabriele.Zijderveld@smarteye.ai

Smart Eye Media Contact
Hailey Melamut
March Communications
Phone: +1 617.960.9856
Email: hailey@marchcomms.com

OmniVision Media Contact
Sandy Fewkes
Kiterocket
Phone: +1 408.529.9685
Email:  SFewkes@kiterocket.com

OmniVision Company Contact
Mengxi Liu
Phone: +1 408.653.3484
Email:  Mengxi.Liu@ovt.com

About OmniVision 

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones; security and surveillance; automotive; tablets, notebooks, webcams and entertainment devices; medical; and AR, VR, drones and robotics imaging systems. Find out more at www.ovt.com.

OmniVision®, the OmniVision logo and OmniPixel® are trademarks or registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

About Smart Eye 

Smart Eye is leading the way towards safe and sustainable transportation. Every year, 1.2 million people lose their lives in traffic-related accidents around the world, another 50 million are injured. Our firm belief is that science and technology can help turn this around.

For over 20 years Smart Eye has developed artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of eye tracking technology that understands, supports and predicts a person’s intentions and actions. By carefully studying eye, facial and head movement, our technology can draw conclusions about a person’s awareness and mental state. Our eye tracking technology is used in the next generation of cars, commercial vehicles and providing new insights for research within aerospace, aviation, neuroscience and more.

Smart Eye’s solutions are used around the world by more than 800 partners and customers, including the US Air Force, NASA, BMW, Audi, Boeing, Volvo, GM, and Harvard University.

Visit www.smarteye.ai for more information.

Smart Eye is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Erik Penser is Certified Adviser and can be reached at +46-8-463 8000 or certifiedadviser@penser.se.

July 19, 2021

Smart Eye partners with Smartbox on eye tracker that gives people with disabilities a voice

Joint solution provides assistive communication technology to help people with complex access needs communicate using just their eye movements.

 

MALVERN, UK & GOTHENBURG, Sweden – July 19, 2021 – Global Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) provider Smartbox Assistive Technology, and Smart Eye, a leader in AI-based eye tracking solutions for the automotive, aerospace, neuroscience, and research sectors, today announce a new collaboration. Together they have developed Lumin-i, a unique and advanced eye tracking product that will enable AAC users with complex and limited mobility to have a voice.

The collaboration combines Smartbox’s 15 years of experience in designing and delivering software, content, and hardware to a wide range of global AAC users and Smart Eye’s extensive expertise in designing and delivering eye tracking systems that respond to human behaviour. This collaboration means that Lumin-i is now offered as part of Smartbox’s market leading Grid Pad AAC devices*.

Lumin-i features Smart Eye’s robust eye tracking algorithms, offering a high level of accuracy and enabling a very responsive solution. The technology has also been developed to work outdoors, allowing Lumin-i users to access their communication device anywhere.

It takes just 25 ms (milliseconds) for Lumin-i to respond to your gaze, capturing 60 frames per second with a gaze recovery time of just 17 ms. Lumin-i also has a large track box measuring 35 X 30 X 65 cm– which allows for lots of head movement – giving users with complex mobility needs a reliable and powerful solution for communication and independence.

Dougal Hawes, MD at Smartbox Assistive Technology said, “For the past 15 years eye gaze has been a crucial technology to Smartbox and our users. This collaboration with Smart Eye was born out of our desire to bring the world’s best eye tracking performance to our sector, giving people a highly accurate eye tracker that will work both indoors and outdoors.”

He continued, “We always strive to offer our users the best possible solution and with Lumin-i we are able to provide a robust and quick-to-respond eye gaze solution that is made possible by Smart Eye’s years of experience in delivering quality eye tracking devices to some interesting customers including NASA, Airbus, Audi, Harvard University and Georgia Tech.”

Solmaz Shahmehr, Vice President & Head of Research Instruments at Smart Eye also commented, “We are very excited to be stepping into a market that is new to us, but at the same time resonates so well with Smart Eye’s core mission. Our goal has always been to bridge the gap between human and machine, and this partnership is an important step on the way. Through Lumin-i, our technology is giving people with disabilities a tool to communicate without barriers.”

Lumin-i is being launched globally on Monday 19th July 2021 and more information can be found on the Smartbox website: www.thinksmartbox.com/product/lumin-i.

* Smartbox communication aids are powered by Grid – market leading text and symbol-based software which offers users a voice, environmental control, and access to a range of grid sets and accessible apps supporting children and adults with complex disability and communication needs.

About Smartbox Assistive Technology
Smartbox Assistive Technology is based from its two UK offices [Malvern & Bristol] and from its offices in the US & Ireland. It also supports other global customers through an extensive Global Partner network, delivering AAC assistive communication solutions alongside training, support & repairs. Smartbox is celebrating its 15th anniversary throughout 2021. For more information visit www.thinksmartbox.com

About Smart Eye
For over 20 years Smart Eye has developed artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of eye tracking technology that understands, supports and predicts a person’s intentions and actions. By carefully studying eye, facial and head movement, their technology can draw conclusions about a person’s awareness and mental state. Their eye tracking technology is used in the next generation of cars, commercial vehicles and providing new insights for research within aerospace, aviation, neuroscience and more. Smart Eye’s solutions are used around the world by more than 800 partners and customers, including the US Air Force, NASA, BMW, Audi, Boeing, Volvo, GM, and Harvard University. For more information visit www.smarteye.ai

Press contact
Amanda Woollaston, Head of Marketing [Smartbox Assistive Technology]
amanda.woollaston@thinksmartbox.com / M: 07808 197520

Gabi Zijderveld, Chief Marketing Officer [Smart Eye]
gabi.zijderveld@smarteye.ai / O: +1 781.996.3037

May 25, 2021

Smart Eye Acquires Affectiva to Solidify Stronghold on Interior Sensing Market

Companies join forces to lead and accelerate growth and development of AI for automotive Interior Sensing, Media Analytics, Human Factors Research

GOTHENBURG, Sweden and BOSTON, Mass. — May 25, 2021 Today, Smart Eye and Affectiva announced that they have entered into an agreement in which Smart Eye will acquire Affectiva for USD $73.5 million.

The companies are merging to create a transatlantic AI juggernaut that will lead and accelerate the growth and development of the rapidly evolving automotive Interior Sensing market, as well as the Media Analytics and Human Factors Research markets.

Smart Eye has over two decades of experience building AI-based eye tracking and delivering automotive-grade Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS), as proven by 84 production contracts with 12 of the 20 largest global OEMs. Spun out of MIT Media Lab in 2009, Emotion AI pioneer Affectiva has, in recent years, broadened its technology to in-cabin sensing, using machine learning and computer vision to gain a deep, human-centric understanding of what is happening in a vehicle.

Rather than continuing as competitors in the automotive market, the companies are joining forces. By combining their best-of-breed technologies and two highly skilled and complementary teams, Smart Eye and Affectiva will bring to market unparalleled, automotive-grade Interior Sensing AI, better and faster than the competition. The combined company’s solution will not only improve automotive safety, saving human lives around the world, it will also provide differentiated mobility experiences that enhance wellness, comfort and entertainment.

“As we watched the DMS category evolve into Interior Sensing, monitoring the whole cabin, we quickly recognized Affectiva as a major player to watch,” said Martin Krantz, Founder and CEO of Smart Eye. “Affectiva’s pioneering work in establishing the field of Emotion AI has served as a powerful platform for bringing this technology to market at scale. At the end of the day, this is about saving lives and bridging the gap between humans and machines. In the future, looking back at this moment in time, I am convinced that this is a decisive moment for road safety thanks to the announcement that we have made today.”

In addition to strengthening Smart Eye’s automotive offering, Affectiva brings significant incremental revenues and profit from its industry-leading Media Analytics business. Used by 70 percent of the world’s largest advertisers, Affectiva’s enterprise-grade technology analyzes consumers’ emotional reactions to brand content and experiences. This technology has synergies with Smart Eye’s Research Instruments solutions, which provide the world’s leading research organizations with high-fidelity eye tracking systems for human factors research. The integration of Affectiva’s AI with Smart Eye’s eye tracking systems can provide human factors researchers and marketers with a more holistic and insightful view of people’s behaviors. Combined, the two companies will capitalize on the continued growth of behavioral technologies within the marketing and research industries, which has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are thrilled to be merging with Smart Eye as the next step in Affectiva’s journey. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for us to join Smart Eye in bringing to market advanced AI with more comprehensive capabilities than either of us could provide alone,” said Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva. “Not only are our technologies very complementary, so are our values, our teams, our culture, and perhaps most importantly, our vision for the future. We share a conviction that the AI we are building now will one day become ubiquitous. It will be built into the fabric of the technologies we use in our daily lives and will forever change the way we interact with technology and each other in a digital world.”

The acquisition expands Smart Eye’s global presence. Affectiva’s Boston office gives Smart Eye a footprint within the vibrant technology innovation ecosystem on the US East Coast, and its Cairo office provides access to highly skilled local talent. Smart Eye is headquartered in Gothenburg (Sweden), with offices in Detroit (US), Tokyo (Japan), Chongqing (China), and soon Germany.

For more information on the combined company, visit: https://smarteye.se/smart-eye-acquires-affectiva/

For more information on the deal structure, visit http://www.corp.smarteye.se/en/press/

 

About Smart Eye

Smart Eye is leading the way towards safe and sustainable transportation. Every year, 1.2 million people lose their lives in traffic-related accidents around the world, another 50 million are injured. Our firm belief is that science and technology can help turn this around.

For over 20 years Smart Eye has developed artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of eye tracking technology that understands, supports and predicts a person’s intentions and actions. By carefully studying eye, facial and head movement, our technology can draw conclusions about a person’s awareness and mental state. Our eye tracking technology is used in the next generation of cars, commercial vehicles and providing new insights for research within aerospace, aviation, neuroscience and more.

Smart Eye’s solutions are used around the world by more than 800 partners and customers, including the US Air Force, NASA, BMW, Lockheed Martin, Audi, Boeing, Volvo, GM, and Harvard University.

Smart Eye is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.

Visit www.smarteye.ai for more information.

 

About Affectiva

Affectiva is on a mission to humanize technology. An MIT Media Lab spin-off, Affectiva created and defined the Emotion AI and Human Perception AI categories. Built on deep learning, computer vision, speech science and massive amounts of real-world data, Affectiva’s technology can detect nuanced human emotions, complex cognitive states, activities, interactions and objects people use. In automotive, Affectiva’s Interior Sensing AI is enabling leading car manufacturers, fleet managers and ridesharing companies to build next-generation mobility that understands the state of the driver, the cabin and the occupants in it. Affectiva’s technology is also used by 28 percent of the Fortune Global 500 companies to test consumer engagement with ads, videos and TV programming.

For more information, visit www.affectiva.com or follow on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

Press Contact

Hailey Melamut

March Communications

affectiva@marchcomms.com

+1 617-960-9856

 

 

May 25, 2021

Smart Eye、Affectivaを買収、自動車用途インテリアセンシング市場の拠点強化

二社で力を合わせて、自動車のインテリアセンシング、人の表情・感情検知、人間行動研究用途のAIの発展と開発をリード・加速させてまいります。

 

– 2021年5月25日-  スウェーデン、ヨーテボリ、米マサチューセッツ州ボストン

本日、Smart EyeとAffectivaは、SmartEyeが7,350万米ドル(約80億円)でAffectivaを買収する契約締結を発表しました。

両者の合併によって、急速に進化を続く自動車用インテリアセンシング市場、人の表情・感情検知、および人間行動研究市場の成長と発展を、大西洋を横断してリード、加速していくAI集団となります。

Smart Eyeは、20年以上に渡る研究開発を経てAIベースのアイトラッキングを構築し、自動車グレードのドライバーモニタリングシステム(DMS)を提供してまいりました。これは、世界の大手自動車メーカー20社のうち12社と、合計84車種への採用が証明しています。 2009年にMITメディアラボからスピンアウトしたAffectivaは、人の表情・感情AIのパイオニアで、近年、機械学習とコンピュータービジョンを駆使して、車両内で人をメインに車両の中で起きていることを本質的に理解しようとするもので、その技術を車内センシングにまで広げています。

このまま自動車市場で競合し続けていくのではなく、両社は力を合わせていくことにしたのです。 Smart EyeとAffectivaは、高度なスキルを備えたチームメンバーと最善の技術を融合することにより競合他社よりも優れた、比類ない自動車グレードのインテリアセンシングAIを市場にいち早く投入していきます。 合併後の会社のソリューションは、自動車の安全性を向上させ、世界中の人命を守ることだけでなく、乗車中の疲労軽減、快適な空間の創出とエンターテインメント性を高めたユニークな体験をお届けすることを目指してまいります。

Smart Eyeの創設者兼CEOであるマーティン・クランツは、 「ドライバーモニタリングシステムというカテゴリが、車両のインテリアセンシングへ発展し、車のキャビン全体を監視するのを目の当たりにしたとき、私たちはすぐにAffectiva社が注目すべき重要なプレイヤーだと感じました。Affectiva社の感情AI分野を確立するための草分け的な偉業は、この技術を本格的に市場に投入するための強力なプラットフォームとしての役割を果たしてくれました。将来、今回の発表が交通安全向上に繋がる決定的なものだったと想起されるものと確信しています。」と述べております。

この買収により、Smart Eyeの自動車用途のソリューションがさらに強化され、Affectivaは、業界をリードする人の表情・感情検知のビジネスから大幅な収益と利益を生みだします。世界最大手の広告主の70%が使用するAffectivaの企業向けグレードの技術は、ブランドコンテンツと経験に対して消費者の感情反応を分析します。この技術は、世界をリードする研究組織で必要な、人間行動研究用に開発した非常に精度の高いアイトラッキングシステム技術を持つSmart Eyeの研究開発用途のソリューションとの組み合わせで高い相乗効果を得られるものです。 AffectivaのAIとSmart Eyeのアイトラッキングシステムを統合することで、人間行動の研究者やマーケティング担当者に、人々の行動に関するより包括的で本質を突く見解を提供することができます。 両社が結びつくことで、COVID-19パンデミックによって加速したマーケティングおよび研究産業での行動技術の成長を継続的に支えるものとなります。

AffectivaのCEO兼共同創設者、ラナ・エル・カリウビィ博士は、「次のステップとして、AffectivaとSmart Eyeがひとつになることを大変嬉しく思っています。Smart Eyeに加わることによって、どちらかが単独で提供するソリューションというより、包括的な機能を備えた高度なAIを市場に投入ができるユニークで刺激的なチャンスが到来したのです。私たちは、技術だけでなく、価値観、チーム、文化、そしておそらく最も重要なのは、将来のビジョンまで、互いに補い合えるものが多くあります。私たちは、現在構築しているAIがいつかユビキタスになるという確信まで共有しています。それは、私たちが日常生活で使う技術に組み込まれていき、デジタルの世界で技術との関わり方を永遠に変えるものになるはずです。」と述べています。

この買収により、SmartEyeはグローバルに拠点が拡大します。Affectivaのボストンオフィスは、Smart Eyeに米国東海岸の活気に満ちた技術革新エコシステムへ、またカイロオフィスは高度なスキルを持つ地元の才能へのアクセスが可能となります。Smart Eyeは、ヨーテボリ(スウェーデン)に本社を置き、デトロイト(米国)、東京(日本)、重慶(中国)にオフィスがあり、今後、ドイツの拠点を増設する予定です。

 

合併後の会社の詳細については、https://smarteye.se/smart-eye-acquires-affectiva/

お取引の詳細については、http://www.corp.smarteye.se/en/press/ をご覧ください。

 

 

スマートアイについて

Smart Eyeは、安全かつ持続可能な輸送に向けて最先端を進んでいます。 毎年、世界中で120万人が交通事故で命を落とし、さらに5,000万人が負傷している現在、私たちは、科学技術がこの状況を好転させることに貢献できるという確固たる信念を持っています。

Smart Eyeは、20年以上にわたり、人の意図や行動を理解、支援、予測するアイトラッキング技術という形で人工知能(AI)を開発してきました。 私たちの技術は、目、顔、頭の動きを注意深く研究することで、人の意識と精神状態がどのようなものか結論を導き出すことが可能です。当社のアイトラッキング技術は、次世代の自動車、商用車などで使用されており、航空宇宙、航空、神経科学などの研究には新しい知見を提供しております。

Smart Eyeのソリューションは、米国空軍、NASA、BMW、ロッキードマーティン、アウディ、ボーイング、ボルボ、GM、ハーバード大学など、世界中の800を超えるパートナーやお客様にご利用いただいております。

 

Smart Eyeは、Nasdaqファーストノースグロースマーケットに上場しています。

詳細については、www.smarteye.ai をご覧ください。

 

アフェクティバについて

Affectivaの使命は、技術を人に近づけることです。Affectivaは、MITメディアラボからスピンオフした会社で、感情AIと人間の知覚AIというカテゴリを作成・定義しました。ディープラーニング、コンピュータービジョン、音声科学、大量の実世界のデータに基づいて構築されたAffectivaの技術は、微妙な人間の感情、複雑な認知状態、活動、相互作用、人々が使用する「モノ」を検出することができます。自動車では、AffectivaのインテリアセンシングAIにより、大手自動車メーカー、車両管理会社、ライドシェアリング会社が、ドライバーや、車両内、乗員の状態を理解する次世代のモビリティを構築できるようになります。 Affectivaの技術は、フォーチュングローバル500企業の28%が、広告、ビデオ、テレビ番組に対する消費者エンゲージメントをテストのためにも使用されています。

 

詳細については、www.affectiva.comをご覧いただくか、Twitter、LinkedIn、Facebook、Instagramをフォローください。

 

プレスコンタクト

Hailey Melamut

March Communications

affectiva@marchcomms.com

+1 617-960-9856