Seeing Machines, the advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, announces a collaboration agreement ("Agreement") with the world's largest Tier 1 Avionics company, Collins Aerospace ("Collins").
The Agreement positions Seeing Machines to work closely with Collins to jointly market co-developed solutions across the Aviation industry to deliver its eye-tracking technology solutions to Commercial Air Transport, Business, Military, Rotary Wing, General Aviation and Flight Training customers to address improved safety and efficiencies for both pilot training and flight operations.
Closely aligned to the Company's expanding Automotive business, this Agreement provides Collins with access to Seeing Machines' eye-tracking advanced optics, embedded processing, human factors and algorithm expertise to support its continued development of the broader Collins Pilot Support System (PSS).
With flight crews operating demanding schedules, often across multiple time zones, managing fatigue risk is critical. While airlines have robust processes for tracking pilot fatigue, these burden pilots with manual self-evaluation and reporting. This new technology provides another level of safety and higher quality data by using innovative eye and pupil tracking algorithms to sense a pilot's level of alertness.
"As the aviation industry looks to the future of intelligent aircraft design, understanding the cognitive state of the pilot and crew is paramount," said Christophe Blanc, vice president & general manager, Business & Regional Avionics for Collins Aerospace. "Pilot workload and wellbeing are key focus areas of our avionics design, and this partnership will allow us to further support the pilots and their needs."
Paul McGlone, chief executive officer of Seeing Machines, added "Our work with Collins to deploy eye-tracking technology for pilots aims to deliver a scalable implementation model across the aviation industry. We anticipate exciting advancements for Seeing Machines as we leverage Collins' expertise and market leadership position in avionics and aircraft systems."