We reported in our last Newsletter that Israel’s Tel Aviv is becoming a new Silicon Valley— USD $6bn has been invested in Israeli smart mobility startups there since 2013.
This week we bring you more details from EcoMotion, Israel’s annual big startup expo showcasing the country’s vibrant startup ecosystem and providing a support platform for sharing knowledge, networking, and collaboration for the smart transportation sector. It is a JV of Israel Innovation Institute, the Ministry of Economy and the Israeli automotive and high-tech industries, and is equivalent of a small CES or VivaTech.
EcoMotion brings together young and experienced entrepreneurs, market leaders, international and local industry companies, technology-oriented people, policy makers, academic researchers and investors. It is a dynamic community with more than 5000 members, and over 600 affiliated startups related to the sector. Over the course of the multi-day event, there was emphasis on the three ongoing mobility revolutions: electrification, autonomous driving, and digital mobility services.
Today we describe important startups involved in vehicle interiors. All are using AI and algorithm-based technology applied to data captured by many sensors—most of them already existing in the car. The main target is to monitor occupants, understand their state, and then help improve safety, and comfort and meet individual preferences.
Abilisense offers a sophisticated way to analyze sounds in home, work, city and transport environments. It provides assistance for life-threatening and unexpected situations based on sound analysis that use unique algorithms.
The Abilisense hardware monitors various sounds of dangerous situations and suspicious activities by transforming them into alerts directly to applications, command centers and IoT devices. It could cover car security and unusual occupant behavior, especially babies in their baby seat.
Caaresys are developing a contact-free vital-signs sensor for occupant in vehicles. The fully autonomous sensor monitors riders’ heart rate, respiratory rate, and movements. The device is designed to prevent vehicle-related tragedies, such children left in hot cars or collisions resulting from cardiac events.
The Caaresys sensor emits RF waves that report vital signs to the system. By analyzing the data against logs in the cloud, the platform interprets the riders’ conditions. If a dangerous situation is detected, a warning is sent.
The system has two main sensors: a vehicle occupancy sensor counts the number of passengers and positioning, and a vital sign sensor analyses heart rate and breath rate and driver health and vigilance condition. It could be especially useful for Level 3 transition between autonomous driving scenario back to manual drive.
ContinUse delivers smart sensing solutions for automakers. Its sensing platform is designed for more than just medical monitoring with the comprehensive cloud-based solution aimed at enhancing driver safety which tracks competence and alertness of the driver (fatigue, drowsiness) as well as passenger comfort, and analyzes captured data continuously to provide real time warnings. ContinUse Biometrics exhibited at MWC19 in Barcelona in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz.
CCrispify is an innovative automotive air quality management system. Their product is an all-in-one air quality management system that monitors all factors of a ride, including in-cabin and outdoor air quality, pollutants, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. Its cloud-based big data analytics combine in-cabin and environmental data and use AI to find the best solution for cleaner air, whatever the circumstances. It is designed to be easily implemented in an HVAC, instrument panel, or infotainment system, and can ensure vehicle interior will have clean air while providing operators with alerts to clean up vehicles from garbage, dirt, bad odors, spilled liquids, and more, ultimately saving both money and time.
Elegant Monkeys/Kenko Technology
Elegant Monkeys has changed its name to Kenko Technology. Kenko develops science-driven emotions AI products, having gathered top data science talents and world-class researchers to make emotions measurable. Digitizing human emotions enables endless applications in health, performance and lifestyle. It is a subscription-based API/SDK that utilizes AI algorithms to derive emotional state from physiological sensors data. Using physiological measurements enables potential customers to get emotions data without compromising usability and privacy. In a car, it could help occupants to manage stress and anxiety in an autonomous vehicle, and through reactions, help occupants have a more positive experience.
Eyesight develops embedded computer-vision solutions, bringing sensing and gesture recognition technology to a variety of devices and industries. The company’s products for the in-car environment track the driver’s attention on the road, detecting when the driver is distracted or shows signs of drowsiness..
With advanced gaze detection, it enables contextual control based on the driver’s gaze trajectory, enabling seamless interactions with HUDs and augmented reality windshields. The technology detects if a driver is present in the car or not, and the in-car environment can be adjusted to the detected driver setting seat, mirrors, and HVAC according to their preferences, including also through detection of age and gender of the driver.
Guardian Optical Technologies
Guardian is a startup focusing on providing solution for in-cabin and driving monitoring. Guardian’s technology offers a unique electro-optical sensor coupled with deep neural network and advanced computer vision algorithms. It picks up motions in the micrometer scale so as to detect presence in the vehicle with no need for line of sight, thus competing with radar-based technologies. It can be used for driver/passenger recognition and preferences for seats, steering column, mirror position, lighting, and more. It can also drive weight-attuned airbag operation and selective airbag suppression in the event of out-of-position passengers.
Moodify develops innovative olfactory systems that harness the power of implicit and explicit scents for improved vehicle occupant performance, safety, and well-being. The company’s “Emphatic Car System”, based on AI and neurobiology, will predict and prevent human conditions that endanger the vehicle occupants, such as driver microsleep, stress, motion sickness, discomfort, etc. Moodify’s interventions include an innovative multi-channel fragrance diffuser that dispenses synthetic human pheromones and other active scents.
Feeling the tactility that is created between a vehicle and the road is key for optimizing safety, user experience, and efficiency, whether a person or a computer drives a vehicle. Tactile Mobility provides smart and autonomous vehicles with tactile sensing and data the company says smartens vehicles, improves roads, and enhances the mobility ecosystem. The company’s technology, which leverages vehicles’ embedded sensors, collects real-time data and turns it into actionable insights, enabling smart and autonomous vehicles to feel the road under their tires. These insights will open many options to enhance driving experience and comfort.
Vayyar’s equipment monitors presence, location, posture, distances, vital signs and obstacles by detecting over 150K points of interest per second. It can monitor driver vital signs, head position and movement, proximity and posture for airbag optimization, and recognize gestures for infotainment control. It can identify passenger location within the car to ensure maximal safety, sense occupant presence to baby-proof the automobile (avoid young children getting left inside, etc), classify passengers according to size, height, age and other parameters, and optimize airbag deployment parameters.