Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Automotive News: Bosch, Sense Photonics, Trieye

Bosch presents camera-based Virtual Visor:

"Bosch is offering a solution with the revolutionary Virtual Visor, a transparent LCD and intuitive camera, which replaces the traditional vehicle sun visor completely. As the first reimagined visor in nearly a century, Bosch’s technology utilizes intelligent algorithms to intuitively block the sun’s glare and not the view of the road ahead.

Virtual Visor links an LCD panel with a driver or occupant-monitoring camera to track the sun’s casted shadow on the driver’s face. The system uses artificial intelligence to locate the driver within the image from the driver-facing camera. It also utilizes AI to determine the landmarks on the face ‒ including where the eyes, nose and mouth are located ‒ so that it can identify shadows on the face. The algorithm analyzes the driver’s view, darkening only the section of the display through which light hits the driver’s eyes. The rest of the display remains transparent, no longer obscuring a large section of the driver’s field of vision.

PRNewswire: Sense Photonics announces Osprey, a short range automotive flash LiDAR based on Infineon-PMD ToF sensor:

"Infineon is very excited to be working closely with Sense Photonics as it continues to push the limits in terms of near-field LiDAR solutions based on our automotive qualified REAL3 Time-of-Flight imager," said Christian Herzum, Head of 3D-Sensing product line at Infineon.

"Our simple, camera-like architecture is a significant benefit to customers looking for a scalable LiDAR product," said Sense Photonics CEO Scott Burroughs. "By eliminating mechanical-scanning mechanisms, we've made Osprey much more manufacturable than other approaches. We believe this is critical to bringing the vision of autonomous driving to life."

Sense Photonics is now accepting pre-orders, with initial product availability beginning in Q2 2020. The cost per unit is $3,200 (plus shipping).

Trieye shows the advantages of its SWIR camera:

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