Collins Aerospace and Seeing Machines work together to combat pilot fatigue

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Collins Aerospace and Seeing Machines are working together to develop and deliver revolutionary fatigue management technology solutions to increase safety across the aerospace industry.
  • Solutions will use eye-tracking technology to sense pilot and crew fatigue
  • Technology provides both real-time feedback for pilots and long-term support of Fatigue Risk Management Systems
  • Solutions to be made available to OEMs and aftermarket operators across the aviation industry

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Nov. 15, 2021) – Collins Aerospace and Seeing Machines, a leader in eye tracking and driver safety technology, are working together to develop and deliver revolutionary fatigue management technology solutions to increase safety across the aerospace industry. These solutions will sense levels of fatigue and alertness, visible in a pilot’s eyes, to better understand the impact of their workload.

Collins will incorporate Seeing Machine’s advanced eye-tracking optics, embedded processing, human factors and algorithm expertise in the development of its Pilot Support System (PSS) product line. 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 collaboration will allow us to further support the pilots and their needs.”

“Our work with Collins to deploy eye-tracking technology for pilots aims to deliver a scalable implementation model across the aviation industry,” said Paul McGlone, chief executive officer of Seeing Machines. “We anticipate exciting advancements for Seeing Machines as we leverage Collins’ expertise and market leadership position in avionics and aircraft systems.”

Once completed, the PSS technology will be available to aircraft OEMs and operators as both forward-fit and after-market solutions.

About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies, Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About Seeing Machines
Seeing Machines (LSE: SEE), a global company founded in 2000 and headquartered in Australia, is an industry leader in vision-based monitoring technology that enable machines to see, understand and assist people. Seeing Machines’ technology portfolio of AI algorithms, embedded processing and optics, power products that need to deliver reliable real-time understanding of vehicle operators. The technology spans the critical measurement of where a driver is looking, through to classification of their cognitive state as it applies to accident risk. Reliable “driver state” measurement is the end-goal of Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) technology. Seeing Machines develops DMS technology to drive safety for Automotive, Commercial Fleet, Off-road and Aviation. The company has offices in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia, and supplies technology solutions and services to industry leaders in each market vertical.