Why build DMS for signal latency and robustness

  • by Jerome Wertz
  • 2 min


For some years, the automotive industry has been promoting the use of
driver monitoring systems (DMS) in all vehicles. Most new cars employ some form of monitoring, and regulators will probably enforce some kind of driver distraction tracking in the near future. It’s no surprise that the conversation has shifted from is your vehicle equipped with a DMS to how good is it?

DMS primarily aims to raise safety by alerting the driver in cases of distraction or drowsiness while providing critical information to the advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS). The DMS also supports applications in collaborative driving and in-car assistance. As regulators and NCAP continue to pursue the adoption of DMS for all vehicles, driver monitoring graduates from a nice-to-have feature to a ubiquitous automotive commodity.

Against this backdrop, automotive-OEM expectations of DMS performance are rising, especially regarding user experience. And the EuroNCAP test protocol sets out lofty requirements for DMS functionality, including a maximum latency of 0.16 seconds to perform the lizard-gaze transition.

Lizard-type movements — when the driver focuses on a task by moving their eyes away from the road while their head or face remain facing forward.

But for many DMS providers, several roadblocks challenge the robustness of the solution:

  • Driver diversity — across aspects such as ethnicity, gender, hairstyle, and morphology.
  • Occlusion — caused by objects such as glasses, hats, and face coverings, as well as makeup.
  • Driving scenarios — such as sunlight and driver behavior.

Because the basic signals — head pose, gaze, and eye openness — empower all DMS features, a best-in-class DMS should prioritize the robustness and latency of these signals with diversity and occlusion factored in. Doing so is the best possible way to meet NCAP requirements and deliver a good user experience.

That’s why Tobii has developed a new AI-based software for driver monitoring with superior robustness, and no latency of gaze and head pose tracking. It also works regardless of accessories like hats and glasses, and across all ethnicities.

Want to know more about Tobii Autosense?

Contact us for more information about our advanced DMS, including how you can try it out yourself!

Written by

  • Tobii employee

    Jérôme Wertz

    Director Business Development, Tobii

    For more than 12 years, Jerome has been committed to developing and bringing to market innovative technologies for improving safety in transport and industry. Jérôme Wertz holds an M.Sc. in industrial engineering from the Gramme Institute in Liège, Belgium. He also holds an executive master’s in management.

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