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Emotion-detection AI meets eye-tracking technology


One of the hallmarks of the human condition is empathy. So what happens when machines become adept at knowing how you’re feeling?

在一家眼球追踪人工智能公司同意收购情感检测软件公司后,这种现实比以往任何时候都更接近。Smart Eye和Affectiva宣布他们已经达成协议,Smart Eye将以7350万美元收购Affectiva。此次收购是为了确保汽车行业的主导地位。汽车行业一直在积极采用情绪检测AI以改善驾驶体验。这两家公司都与OEM制造商达成了合作(Smart Eye与全球20家最大的OEM制造商中的12家签订了合同),但随着驾驶监控系统(DMS)成为高端车型的标准配置,并越来越多地进入中端市场,这一领域的竞争也越来越激烈。

 That reality is closer than ever after an eye-tracking AI company has agreed to acquire emotion-detection software firm. Smart Eye and Affectiva announced that they have entered into an agreement in which Smart Eye will acquire Affectiva for $73.5 million.

The acquisition is a bid to secure a dominant position in the automotive industry, which has been aggressively adopting emotion-detection AI to improve the driving experience. Both companies have made inroads with OEM manufacturers (Smart Eye has contracts with 12 of the 20 largest global OEMs), but the space is increasingly competitive as Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) become standard on high-end models and increasingly make their way into mid-market offerings.

Smart Eye公司的创始人兼首席执行官Martin Krantz表示:“当我们看到DMS领域发展为内部传感(Interior Sensing),并监控整个机舱时,我们很快就意识到Affectiva是一个重要的关注对象。”“Affectiva在建立情感人工智能领域的开创性工作,为将这项技术大规模推向市场提供了一个强大的平台。说到底,这是为了拯救生命,弥合人类和机器之间的鸿沟。未来,当我们回顾这一时刻时,我相信这是道路安全的决定性时刻,感谢我们今天做出的声明。”

“As we watched the DMS category evolve into Interior Sensing, monitoring the whole cabin, we quickly recognized Affectiva as a major player to watch,” says Martin Krantz, Founder and CEO of Smart Eye. “Affectiva’s pioneering work in establishing the field of Emotion AI has served as a powerful platform for bringing this technology to market at scale. At the end of the day, this is about saving lives and bridging the gap between humans and machines. In the future, looking back at this moment in time, I am convinced that this is a decisive moment for road safety thanks to the announcement that we have made today.”