The next wave of technology designed to keep drivers from getting distracted or dozing off could soon be watching you behind the wheel.
Eye-monitoring systems are quickly becoming a focus for automakers and suppliers working on advanced driver assistance systems, known as ADAS.
"If your eyes are looking away from the road, the vehicle will understand that you are paying attention to something else," said Nick Langdale-Smith, a vice president at Seeing Machines.
Seeing Machines is a technology company that's working with a number of automakers on an eye-monitoring system it aims to have in new vehicles within the next couple of years.
Here's how it works.
A small camera mounted in the instrument panel behind the steering wheel tracks the eye's movements as well as the driver's blinking patterns.
If the driver looks away to text, read an email or focus on something other than the road, the camera will notice. The eye-monitoring system will then work with the vehicle's ADAS to warn the driver to pay attention.
"The vehicle has an understanding of whether I'm paying attention or not," Langdale-Smith said. "When I'm coming up to a stoplight, have I seen the vehicles in front of me?"