A number of bus drivers in Shanghai can now count on alerts from an artificial intelligence (AI)-based smart assistant during long driving shifts. Chinese AI unicorn SenseTime announced on Monday that it is partnering with bus operator E-DRIVE on driver monitoring solutions, along with passenger payment system using facial scans.

To date, 38 shuttle bus lines in the Jiading and Putuo districts of Shanghai have been upgraded, with plans to roll SenseTime’s in-vehicle face recognition technology out to all E-DRIVE vehicles along more than 100 bus routes, according to a company announcement. The upgrades are low cost, a company spokesman told TechNode, as only an additional infrared camera is required.

Driver fatigue or distraction will be detected in the real time, after which a voice alert will prompt drivers to pay attention.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen