Leonard Santos (Santos)
When the Santos Family Foundation funded the development of driver monitoring technology at MIT, it was with the hope that the work would make it possible for drivers to be alerted to their inattention to the important task of driving a vehicle. MIT turned its research over to Affectiva, a Cambidge-based pioneer in driver monitoring. With the acquisition of Affectiva by Smart Eye, a leader in eye tracking technology, we are closer than ever to having the work we funded become part of a movement toward the installation of driver monitoring in all vehicles. Countless lives may be saved by this technology.
Coincidentally, on June 16, the Senate Commerce Committe reported out the Surface Transportation Safety Act including Senator Markey's bill which requires the DOT to study how driver-monitoring systems can prevent driver distraction, driver disengagement, automation complacency, and the foreseeable misuse of advanced driver-assist systems.