We’re thrilled to share that HARMAN's Pupil-Based Driver Monitoring System, our industry-first advanced safety technology released earlier this year at CES, has been awarded a prestigious CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Award in the Connected Life category, the only automotive solution to place.

Thank you to all who voted for HARMAN and showed their support for a safe, highly intelligent connected car experience! More details on our winning connected car technology are below.

About the solution:


HARMAN’s Pupil-Based Driver Monitoring System measures increases in pupil dilation as an indication of a driver’s mental workload. HARMAN’s new proprietary eye and pupil tracking system measures high cognitive load and mental multitasking in the driver’s seat, and signals the car’s other safety systems to adapt to the driver’s state. The technology represents a major step forward in the domain of Advanced Safety and Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) for vehicles.

Adoption of in-cabin cameras is growing rapidly, enabling features such as occupant detection and driver drowsiness monitoring. With the introduction of high cognitive load detection, HARMAN’s eye and pupil tracking technology brings additional value to the driver-facing camera. The technology eliminates the need for complex sensors built into seats and steering wheels, or biometric sensors that require physical contact with the driver. This camera continually captures the driver’s pupil dilation, and a proprietary software algorithm analyzes the pupil reflex using advanced filtering and signal processing. The filter isolates and identifies responses triggered by high cognitive load. The calculated outputs are used to intuitively adjust user interfaces, like placing mobile devices in do-not-disturb mode or adjusting ADAS system intervention thresholds to minimize physical and mental distraction to the driver.

About the award:

Having just marked its 10th anniversary, CTIA’s E-Tech Awards program recognizes cutting-edge mobile products and services for excellence in transforming networks, businesses, smart cities, connected consumers and government. Selected by a panel of 35 experts, media and analysts across 15 different award categories, the winners were announced live at an awards ceremony last week at CTIA Super Mobility 2016, the largest wireless event in America. HARMAN is honored to be one of the select few to receive one of the industry’s highest honors for raising the bar of excellence for mobile innovation.