Driver Monitoring Systems - Companies
Ten companies that are producing driver monitoring systems for cars, trucks, airplanes, ships, rail, etc. and have revenues less than $10 billion are Jungo Connectivity, ORBCOMM, Seeing Machines, Smart Eye, FotoNation, Nauto, Optalert, SmartDrive, GreenRoad, and Omnitracs. My methodology and a brief overview of each company follows.
To find smaller medium and small companies producing driver monitoring systems, I first searched for precompiled information, which I found on VentureRadar's "Top Driver Monitoring Systems Companies" and EE Times' "12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers" articles. This produced eight of the companies on the list. For the remaining two, I used Owler to identify two driver monitor system competitors with less than $10 billion. In addition, I used Owler to verify that all companies have revenues of under $10 billion.
I attempted to identify companies that offer driver monitoring systems for a variety of transportation types; however, after extensive research, I was only able to find one company that mentions that it has products for vehicles other than automobiles. I assume this is because the smaller companies are focused on cars and trucks, while larger companies have the ability to develop products for other types of transportation vehicles.
Please note that in line with the instructions, much of the company descriptions are quoted directly from the company websites to ensure you have an accurate idea of each company's capabilities.
Revenue: $1.8 million
Overview: This company developed "Co-Driver," that "helps automakers create safer cars today, and transition into autonomous vehicles of tomorrow." In particular, the monitoring system allows companies to "to collect real time events from drivers, including distraction, drowsiness, phone use, mirror checking, gaze direction, head bobbing, falling asleep, and much more." It is "available as embedded software and mobile application, enabling easy integration to existing fleets management technologies."
Revenue: $254.2 million
Overview: "ORBCOMM technology is squarely focused on the driver, and offers the only real-time fleet safety solution that detects unsafe driver behavior and offers verbal coaching before a crash or fineable offense occurs." Features include "in-cab verbal coaching," "Speed-by-Street," seat belt use alerts, "crash and rollover detection," emergency call and panic button, "signal jamming detection," "automated exception alerts," "driver/vehicle inspection reports," driver/fleet scoring, "work alone timer," and "vehicle inspection alerts."
Revenue: $13.6 million
Overview: Seeing Machines' "FOVIO" system "is a pioneer in the emerging market segment of Driver Monitoring Systems and works with some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers." It is already being used in 10 production vehicle models and "accurately measures eye and head position, driver attention, fatigue, and distraction by coupling sophisticated image processing with comprehensive scientific models of driver behavior and physiology." It also will provide "an understanding of the driver’s state in real-time, enabling the car’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to make instant decisions based on a situational understanding of what’s happening both outside and inside the vehicle."
Seeing Machines' aviation monitoring solution "provides insights into pilot performance, from simulation-based training and assessment, to understanding pilot scanning behaviour during critical stages of flight — for both pilot flying, and pilot monitoring."
Revenue: $7 million
Overview: Smart Eye has developed two products for driver monitoring. The first is called AntiSleep and it is "designed for real-time analysis of the driver’s eye and head movements in the real world. As a proven, stable and precise solution, it provides great accuracy and a large visual field even when using a single camera. The software instantly identifies and tracks the driver, focusing on three key factors for assessing driver alertness: gaze direction, eyelid closure and head position and orientation. Using 3D mapping, the intelligent algorithm outputs actionable data in real time."
The second product is called Blackbird, a compact camera system that was "designed for the automotive industry." This product creates "an ideal environment for tracking and measuring human eye and head movements, regardless of actual light conditions"
Revenue: $30 million
Overview: FotoNation DMS is an "in cabin system that monitors driver attention and alerts driver to return focus back to the road when diverted based on face detection, head position, eye-opening levels, head orientation, eye position, drowsiness/fatigue detection, eye gaze, and vital signs monitoring." According to the website, "these technologies enable state-of-the-art attentiveness assessment, fatigue detection, driver drowsiness as well as in-cabin security and customization options, based on driver identity."
Revenue: Less than $1 million
Overview: Nauto's "multi-sensor device detects collisions, monitors risky maneuvering, and tracks driver behavior in real-time." Videos of "especially dangerous incidents are auto uploaded" to a remote dashboard. These incidents include driver distraction, tailgating, and risky maneuvering. Its bi-directional camera provides "clear video of vehicle’s cabin and the road ahead" and its "contextual event analysis evaluates driver performance by using computer vision to analyze and understand real safety risks."
Revenue: $5.6 million
Overview: Optalert's technology is "able to accurately and objectively measure a person’s level of drowsiness, in-car video cameras." It "concentrates on the driver, not just their behavior, and importantly it can detect when a person is more at risk of becoming a drowsy driver, rather than wake a person who has fallen asleep" and it is "based on key measurements which track the amplitude velocity ratio of blinks; essentially measuring how fast and how far a person opens their eyelid after they close it. These continuous measurements are then translated into a score between zero and 10 on their patented Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS™)."
Revenue: $5.3 million
Overview: The SmartChoice system by SmartDrive eliminates "the riskiest driving that leads to collisions and drives up costs with a video-based safety program that is as powerful as it is easy-to-use." It provides "analyzed event video, immediate offload, and web-based and mobile-capable workflow." It captures, "distracted and drowsy driving, aggressive speeding, u-turns and more," offers "360 degree video insight," and allows for easy measurement of results through its "KPIs, analytics, and benchmarking." Other products include SmartDrive Extended Recording, SmartDrive Tracking, and SmartDrive SmartIQ®.
Revenue: $20 million
Overview: GreenRoad's Fleet Safety system "helps organizations with mobile workforces gamify driving to keep their fleet drivers and fleet vehicles safer through every mile of every trip." Specifically, it provides "objective in-vehicle feedback," safety scores, gamification, in-vehicle video, safety hot spots, an easy-to-read dashboard, and instant driving tips. Its monitoring software "analyzes and translates risky driving events into a simple metric for each driver and the entire fleet."
Revenue: $115 million
Overview: Omnitracs' "Roadnet Telematics Software" gives "operators the actionable answers needed to keep drivers safe, lower fuel consumption, and reduce maintenance costs." The company's "Critical Event Reporting (CER) and Black Box Event Recording, help reduce the number of safety-related incidents by enabling fleets to identify, analyze, and correct unsafe driving behaviors." In particular "The CER application monitors vehicles for significant safety-related occurrences and provides immediate notification of critical events to help monitor driver behavior and improve fleet operations." It also "proactively identifies unsafe driving behaviors to help prevent accidents before they happen."
Of the 10 companies that are producing driver monitoring systems profiled here, only Seeing Machines specifically mentions products for any vehicle other than automobiles. The company with the highest revenue is ORBCOMM with $254.2 million and the one with the lowest revenue is Nauto with less than $1 million.