The evolution of vehicle design and increased focus on on-road safety has resulted in the need for greater on-road visibility and monitoring of a car from multiple angles. Navigating small parking spaces and low visibility parking conditions such as underground garages or nighttime parallel parking spots can be hazardous if a car has large blind spots.
Imagine having a bird’s-eye view of your car and its immediate surroundings as you ease into a tight parking space. Some of the world’s premier automakers have translated this idea into a multi-camera navigational monitoring system that uses views from multiple cameras to provide a driver with a 360-degree view similar to a third-person view in a driving simulator. French automotive supplier Valeo has developed just such a system for the BMW 7 Series, comprising three cameras that supply wide-angle images of the area behind the car and the areas around the car where vision may be obstructed. Valeo has also worked with Continental Corporation, using a dashboard-based display unit to relay visual information to the driver.
Ultrasonic sensors form part of the monitoring system delivering real-time obstacle detection and the camera image is also integrated with precision distance measurements and trajectory indications when the driver begins a specific turning maneuver. The system also aids a driver during high-speed turns or high-risk maneuvers by detecting light traffic such as bicycles, pedestrians and other vehicles that enter the vehicles path.
Valeo’s multi-camera system is expected to be upgraded to use data from five onboard cameras, improving the reliability and responsiveness of the system. 190-degree wide images and video from the cameras are displayed to the driver on an in-cabin video screen that supports split views. Honda’s quad-CCD camera monitoring system uses similar technology, with addition navigational information such as a projected steering line and steering angle based on data from sensors in the car’s steering column. Several independent manufacturers also offer bespoke multi-camera systems that include a set of cameras and an electronic control unit. However, automaker-embedded systems are believed to offer the best performance due to their improved integration with the vehicle’s hardware and software components. Infiniti’s Around View® Monitor also adds moving objection detection capabilities on all sides of the vehicle.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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