At the Frankfurt Auto Show, TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. chairman and chief executive officer John Plant described the firm’s next generation of safety technologies to help enable semi-automated driving:
“Over the next decade, active safety systems will become increasingly intelligent as greater efforts are made to reduce the number of road fatalities worldwide. More automated functions will be introduced that will operate continuously in certain situations in addition to providing emergency support when needed.”
At the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit, Xilinx, Inc. unveiled its automotive ARM®-processor based Zynq™-7000 All Programmable system-on-a-chip (SoC) platform, which targets next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Xilinx said the Zynq-7000 can reduce both cost and time-to-market for driver assistance systems by using programmable system integration to lower bill-of-materials (BOM) and meet sophisticated technical requirements for driver assistance systems – especially image-to-vision and in-vehicle networking requirements.
At Electronica China, Melexis introduced the MLX90620 FIRray sensing device, which uses the company’s non-contact temperature measurement technology to create a cost-effective thermography solution. Covering a -20°C to +300°C temperature range, the 16 x 4 element far infrared (FIR) thermopile sensor array produces a map of heat values for the target area in real time, avoiding the need to scan the area with a single point sensor or use an expensive microbolometer device.
The driver’s perspective in the latest cars emerging from leading OEMs more and more resembles the pilot’s view in a modern fighter plane. With applications like heads-up displays on the windshield and 360-degree surround view, luxury car drivers won’t be engaging in dogfights, but are now enjoying the elimination of blind spots on the road and the kind of pedestrian and lane tracking detection capabilities formerly reserved for incoming bogies. All this interactivity requires a high degree of parallel processing power and the ability to fully utilize the smart cameras being built in around the automobile.
Pre-collision braking/adaptive cruise control system capable of pedestrian detection, lane departure, sway warning
Optional in ‘13 Legacy and Outback
Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the debut of its EyeSight™ driver assistance system, an option on 2013 Legacy and Outback models that will subsequently appear on other products in the Subaru line-up. EyeSight integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning. The new technology, which can also detect obstacles in front of a parked car and limit potential damage in an impact, will become available later this year.
STMicroelectronics and Mobileye N.V. announced that the two companies are co-developing the next generation of their System-on-Chip processor for the vision-based driver-assistance segment of the automotive market.
The EyeQ3 and EyeQ3-Lite will be the first members of a third-generation family in the co-operation between ST and Mobileye, which began in 2005. The EyeQ1, now in production at several car makers, provides lane-departure warning (LDW), adaptive-headlight control (AHC), traffic-sign recognition (TSR), collision avoidance via radar-camera fusion, and forward collision warning (FCW).
The Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe and S-Class Sedan offer Splitview – a dual-viewing technology. Using the 8-inch, backlit active-matrix TFT-LCD COMAND screen at the top center of the dashboard, SPLITVIEW allows the driver and front passenger to view two different displays — in full-screen — at the same time. A mask on the screen filters out one set or the other, based on viewing angle.
For example, the driver can view the navigation system, while on the very same display screen, the passenger (looking from a different angle) is watching a movie. A person sliding across the entire back seat from left to right first sees the navigation map. Approaching the middle of the seat, the screen goes dark, and continuing to the right, the movie image appears.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. said Mobileye has licensed MIPS’ multi-threaded multiprocessing MIPS32®1004K™Coherent Processing System (CPS). Mobileye will incorporate the 1004K CPS in its next generation EyeQ™ vision-based SoC for use in driver assistance systems. Mobileye uses multi-threaded MIPS32 34K™cores in its current generation EyeQ2™SoC. Development of the third generation SoC will begin immediately.
Mobileye’s family of EyeQ™ Vision Processors and its broad range of algorithms for mono-camera driver assistance systems target vehicle active safety applications such as lane departure warning, vehicle detection, pedestrian detection, intelligent headlight control and traffic sign recognition.
By Isaac Litman, CEO, Mobileye Products
As state legislators across the United States enact laws banning talking on the phone or texting while driving, Mobileye has put its focus on providing the technology which can assist a driver regardless of the distraction.
The Collision Prevention System, available on the Mobileye C2™ product line, or with Mobileye’s OEM partners, such as Volvo, BMW, and GM, allows multiple vision processing algorithms known as Driver Assistance Systems (DAS) to run simultaneously. Each DAS monitors another aspect of the driving scene; together they function as a safeguard for the driver and passengers. Examples of DAS include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, intelligent headlamp control, pedestrian detection, and traffic sign recognition.