Collins Aerospace & Seeing Machines collaborate to combat pilot fatigue

Collins Aerospace and Seeing Machines are working together to develop and deliver revolutionary fatigue management technology solutions to increase safety across the aerospace industry. These solutions will sense levels of fatigue and alertness, visible in a pilot’s eyes, to better understand the impact of their workload.    

Collins will incorporate Seeing Machine’s advanced eye-tracking optics, embedded processing, human factors and algorithm expertise in the development of its Pilot Support System (PSS) product line. With flight crews operating demanding schedules, often across multiple time zones, managing fatigue risk is critical. While airlines have robust processes for tracking pilot fatigue, these burden pilots with manual self-evaluation and reporting. This new technology provides another level of safety and higher quality data by using innovative eye and pupil tracking algorithms to sense a pilot’s level of alertness.  

As the aviation industry looks to the future of intelligent aircraft design, understanding the cognitive state of the pilot and crew is paramount,” said Christophe Blanc, vice president & general manager, Business & Regional Avionics for Collins Aerospace. “Pilot workload and wellbeing are key focus areas of our avionics design, and this collaboration will allow us to further support the pilots and their needs.” 

“Our work with Collins to deploy eye-tracking technology for pilots aims to deliver a scalable implementation model across the aviation industry,” said Paul McGlone, chief executive officer of Seeing Machines“We anticipate exciting advancements for Seeing Machines as we leverage Collins’ expertise and market leadership position in avionics and aircraft systems.” 

Once completed, the PSS technology will be available to aircraft OEMs and operators as both forward-fit and after-market solutions.