Interior Sensing

Improving road safety and enhancing the mobility experience

Combines driver monitoring and cabin monitoring to understand and react to any scenario in the vehicle. Unlocking a range of possibilities for measuring the state of the driver, the cabin, and everyone in it.

Extend the intelligence to the entire car

For years, cameras and sensors have been used to give cars a better idea of the road ahead. Interior Sensing turns those cameras and sensors inwards, pairing driver monitoring with cabin monitoring for deep, human-centric insight into what’s happening in a vehicle.

Drawing from more than 20 years of experience delivering state-of-the-art Driver Monitoring System (DMS) software to the automotive industry, Smart Eye Automotive Interior Sensing sees beyond the driver and extends the intelligence to the entire cabin.

Affectiva inside

Smart Eye’s Interior Sensing is powered by subsidiary Affectiva’s pioneering Emotion AI. Affectiva’s deep expertise in machine learning, and data acquisition and annotation enable us to deliver Human Insight AI that understands, supports and predicts human behavior in complex environment.

With Affectiva’s technology integrated into Smart Eye’s Interior Sensing solutions, we are able to measure complex and nuanced emotions and cognitive states – offering even deeper insight into what is happening with people in a vehicle.

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A CES® 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree

On January 4, 2022, it was announced that Smart Eye’s Automotive Interior Sensing was named a CES® 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree.

The CES® Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. As an honoree in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category, Smart Eye’s Automotive Interior Sensing was recognized by an elite panel of industry judges for its next-level innovation, engineering, and functionality.

Features for next-generation mobility

Smart Eye Automotive Interior Sensing unlock features and services that enhance wellness, comfort, and entertainment, while always putting safety first. Powered by Affectiva’s Emotion AI to capture nuanced emotions, reactions, and facial expressions in real time.

Face recognition

Recognizes registered drivers and passengers, helping adjust the features and functions of the car according to their preference.


Determines how many people are in the cabin and where they are sitting, including seat position, seat belt detection, and airbag deployment analysis.

Driver and passenger state

Employs advanced DMS to catch driver drowsiness or distraction at an early stage.


Detects gestures, such as hand movements, for controlling in-vehicle HMI.

Child seat detection or child left behind

Identifies any children present in moving or parked vehicles, detecting possible causes of driver distraction. Also prevents vehicular heatstroke in children, which causes an average of 38 deaths each year just in the United States.

Object classification and object left behind

Detects bags, cell phones and other objects. Determines whether an object has been left behind.

Facial expression analysis

 Helps the car understand the mood, emotions, and behaviors of the people in the car. Analyzes how the people in the car are reacting to their environment and to content, such as music or video.

Activity detection

Detects cell phone usage, eating, drinking, smoking or other activities.

Improved road safety

From preventing fatal heatstroke in children or pets left in a hot car, to adapting traditional security functionslike the activation of airbags or use of seatbelts, Interior Sensing is becoming a safety essential in new cars. Not to mention the thousands of accidents that can be prevented by detecting distraction or drowsiness in drivers. Through its complete view of what’s happening in the entire cabin, an Interior Sensing system does not only help catch distraction, but understand what could be taking the driver’s attention away from the road ahead.

Enhanced mobility experiences

By fine-tuning things like temperature, lighting, seats, and entertainment in real-time based on the physical, emotional, or cognitive changes of the people in the cabin, the car does more than get its passengers to their destination safely. In an environment customized to enhance the comfort, wellness, and entertainment of all passengers, riding in a car becomes almost as much about the journey as the destination.

e-Book: The Next Frontier in Improving Road Safety and the Mobility Experience

Interior Sensing Systems are emerging as the natural evolution to Driver Monitoring Systems. In this definitive guide, we walk you through what the technology will mean for everything from road safety and personalized mobility to technical innovation and evolving lifestyles.

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The team behind the technology

Smart Eye is leading the way for multimodal, AI-based technology for interior vehicle environments. Trusted by 21 of the world’s largest car manufacturers, including BMW, Geely and Polestar, we are the number one provider of Driver Monitoring and Interior Sensing system software to the automotive industry.

Our automotive solutions are powered by Smart Eye company Affectiva, contributing their pioneering Emotion AI and deep expertise in machine learning and data acquisition. In Sweden, the US, Egypt, Denmark, Germany, Japan and China, our rapidly growing team keep exploring new ways of enhancing and elevating an already ground-breaking technology.

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