Immervision Announces Automotive Grade Lens for In-Cabin Monitoring

Immervision introduced its off-the-shelf 190° lens during CES 2023 in Las Vegas. The 190° lens is meant to address specific low-light in-cabin requirements, including driver and occupant monitoring. Powered by Immervision’s proprietary Panomorph lens technology, the 190° lens promises an ultra-wide field of view, offering complete coverage inside the vehicle with regard to form factor.

“In-cabin monitoring applications are evolving from luxury car options to mandatory safety features and are crucial to autonomous driving systems,” explained Jean-Sébastien Landry, Director, Product Management, Immervision. “With our new lens, we can combine more applications in a single camera, allowing Tier 1 and OEMs to reduce costs, have a less intrusive in-cabin design, and offer a safer and more enjoyable experience to end users.”

Complex Monitoring Features

As described by Immervision, the lens distortion profile is designed to generate the necessary image quality and pixel density for gaze tracking, passenger identification, and hands-on-wheel tracking. Broadband support (visible to near-infrared) offers more versatility for complex monitoring features such as eye tracking through glasses, determining driver fatigue, and improving object detection at night without external illuminator sources, Immervision said.

Form Factor & Added Benefits

During the CES 2023 announcement, Immervision noted its small form factor, saying automakers would have more coverage inside the vehicle but with fewer cameras. Automakers can also offer additional comfort, convenience, or infotainment features (Immervision suggested video chat or video conferencing in their CES 2023 press release). According to Immervision, the off-the-shelf automotive wide-angle lens is available for integration and custom designs.