Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Automotive News: Kyocera, Asahi Kasei, BrightWay Vision

Nikkei: Kyocera presents "Camera-LiDAR Fusion Sensor" to be to commercialize in 2022 or 2023. The sensor uses two kinds of data collected by the camera and LiDAR sensor, respectively, to improve the recognition rate of objects around the sensor. The LiDAR uses MEMS for beam scanning. The resolution of the LiDAR is 0.05°.

"When only LiDAR is used, it is difficult to detect the locations of objects," Kyocera said. "When only the camera is used, there is a possibility that shadows on the ground are mistakenly recognized as three-dimensional objects."

Kyocera Camera-LiDAR

Nikkei
: Asahi Kasei develops a technology to measure the pulse of a driver based on video shot by a NIR camera. The camera uses the fact that hemoglobin in the blood absorbs a large amount of green light. So, the brightness of the face in video changes and a pulse rate can be calculated.

It takes about 8s to measure the pulse rate of a driver, including the face authentication. It helps to check the physical conditions of a driver.


TimesOfIsrael: Gated imaging startup BrightWay Vision reports selling "hundreds of its systems to customers including car manufacturing giants Daimler AG and Continental AG as well as Tier-1 companies and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Western Europe and the Far East. BrightWay has also signed a contract with a Chinese firm to supply it with 10,000 units in 2019 for trucks.

While the average range of headlight vision is between 50 to 120 meters, BrightWay’s technology enables drivers to get images at least 250 meters (820 feet) ahead, and in all lighting conditions.
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