New driver monitoring product that can tell if you’re smoking behind the wheel

It can also detect drowsy driving, seatbelt usage, and texting behind the wheel.

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This week, a tech company announced a new product that can provide fleets with real-time alerts about various driving behaviors like cell phone usage and smoking.

On November 21, Eyesight Technologies announced that they added new features to their DriverSense and FleetSense driver that not only detect drowsy driving but also provide fleets with real-time alerts about whether a driver is using a cell phone, wearing a seat belt, or smoking behind the wheel:

“The latest update increases the scope of the driver monitoring to extend beyond physical attributes of the driver to recognize driver actions, and can now detect the smoking of a cigarette and cell phone related distractions. The new capabilities enable car manufacturers to intelligently alert the driver based on the type of distraction detected; cell phone usage may trigger one type of alert while showing signs of drowsiness can trigger a more urgent response.”

Eyesight Technologies argues that being able to monitor a driver for smoking not only cuts down on distraction but could also prevent a “catastrophic” result if the driver is hauling hazmat:

“In addition to road safety, Eyesight Technologies has seen that in the trucking industry detection of smoking goes beyond distraction mitigation. With hazmat shipments such as Oil & Gas, cigarette smoking is against the law and can be catastrophic. With 67% of long haul truckers in the US smoking cigarettes according to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, preventing smoking in the cabin during the transport of certain materials is a top priority for fleet managers. Eyesight Technologies’ FleetSense will enable fleet managers to receive real-time updates and set alerts for the presence of cigarette smoking during the transport of sensitive materials, improving upon old protocols of random inspections and manual monitoring of driver dash cams.”

Eyesight Technologies is an image processing and AI tech company headquartered in Israel, with offices in Cupertino, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.