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Regulation for self-driving cars expands the potential for Smart Eye’s technology

Today, the results of the investigation on about, and how, existing regulation needs to be adapted to enable self-driving vehicles, were presented. By introducing vehicles with a high degree of driver automation, traffic safety can be improved. One of the most important components that enables autonomous driving is the eyetracking technology developed by Smart Eye.

The investigation is comprehensive and includes proposals for new law and new regulation on automated vehicles. The proposal makes Sweden one of the first countries where self-driving cars of Level 3 and Level 4 could be sold and driven on public roads. The investigation proposes that the new legislation shall enter into force on 1 July 2019.

In the fall of 2017 the first cars that are technically capable of self-driving in accordance with SAE Level 3 were introduced on the market. They have not yet been able to activate their self-driving features yet due to the fact that legislation and regulations have not yet been in place. The proposal now presented is an important milestone for car manufacturers on their way to roll out their autonomous platforms.

"One of the key components to increase vehicle safety is an efficient and reliable driver monitoring system that ensures that the driver is alert, attentive and capable of fully maintaining the responsibility for the vehicle's performance. A prerequisite for such systems to work is the eyetracking technology that Smart Eye has developed since 1999. Today's announcement is highly anticipated and expands the potential of our technology”, says Martin Krantz, CEO of Smart Eye.

By allowing a higher degree of autonomy for cars, that will contribute to the development of active road safety and improve the protection for drivers, passengers and other road users. Today, 90 percent of all car accidents are caused by human error. The investigation presented today is an important step towards saving lives and reducing the number of car accidents.

The Director General of the Swedish Transport Agency, Jonas Bjelfvenstam, has led the investigation determining the regulatory changes needed to create legal prerequisites for introducing autonomous vehicles into traffic. The investigation was ordered by the government in November 2015.

For more information
Martin Krantz, CEO Smart Eye AB
Phone: +46 70-329 26 98

About Smart Eye
Smart Eye was founded to bridge the gap between man and machine for a better tomorrow by developing ground breaking eye tracking technology that understands, assists and predicts human intentions and actions. Through combining deep, technical knowledge with playful creativity, Smart Eye consists of two business units. Its research instruments offer high performance in complex, real-world situations, paving the way for new insights in aerospace, aviation, automotive, psychology, neuroscience, medical and clinical research. Business unit Applied Solutions are embedded in next generation vehicles, helping the automotive industry take another step towards autonomous vehicles.

Founded in 1999, Smart Eye has offices in Gothenburg, Sweden and Michigan, USA as well as having partners, resellers and distributors in Europe, USA and APAC. Its solutions are used by more than 700 clients all over the world by leading research groups, brands and labs such as US Air Force, Nasa, BMW, Lockheed Martin, Audi, Boeing, Volvo, GM, and many more. 

Smart Eye is listed on First North. Erik Penser is Certified Adviser and can be reached at +46-8-463 8000.