EyeGage is a mobile application that can quickly and accurately determine drug and alcohol levels by using computer vision to analyze characteristics of the eye. We are most interested in pupil size, sclera color, involuntary twitching and reaction time to various stimuli. EyeGage is able to categorize substances as alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates & benzodiazepines.
The mission of EyeGage is to decrease impaired driving and improve overall road safety by enabling drivers to assess drug and alcohol levels before getting behind the wheel. Every day, 29 people in the United States die in vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion. In 2016, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes. Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.
In addition to providing solutions for personal use, EyeGage is developing drug screening technology to assist law enforcement, transportation, construction, and insurance companies prevent fatal accidents.
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) can be very subjective, and rookie police officers are not comfortable/confident when administering it. In addition, these officers are ill-equipped to successfully convict DUI offenders in the court room due to human errors while administering the SFST. EyeGage is a non-bias technology that would allow police officers to:
Measure drug and alcohol levels quickly and accurately on the field and
Increase their confidence and ability to successfully convict DUI offenders.
The transportation sector has the biggest impact in terms of public safety. Whether by rail, road, water, or air, the industry is responsible for moving people and products from one point to another. This includes, but is not limited to, rideshare, truck driving, mail delivery, public transit, train, boat, airline and helicopter companies.
The bad news is that alcohol and drug abuse has contributed a lot to transportation-related accidents per year. It is worth noting that 18.9% of truck drivers account for illicit drug use in the industry. EyeGage would help transportation companies prevent fatal accidents by having employees screen their eyes before operating vehicles.
The construction industry has one of the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse. It involves a lot of high-risk and safety-sensitive positions thereby increasing the likelihood of work-related accidents and injuries. For this reason, it is important to have work place drug screening programs in place.
Studies reveal that 40% of construction fatalities are related to substance abuse. EyeGage would help construction companies prevent fatal accidents by having employees screen their eyes before operating heavy machinery.
Some states are eligible for discounts and workers’ compensation benefits by complying with drug testing regulations. Heathcare insurance providers also offer group discounts to companies that have workplace drug testing policies. In at least 30 states, laws make employees who violate workplace drug testing policies disqualified for unemployment compensation.
EyeGage would allow insurance providers to offer discounted premiums for clients who agree to use the technology. The clients would be safer and less likely to have an accident that would require assistance from the insurance company. Workers' compensation, healthcare, general liability, and auto insurance providers would benefit most from the EyeGage technology.