Thursday, 19 May 2011

Continental readies stereo camera system for ‘seeing’ cars

Continental readies stereo camera system for ‘seeing’ cars

The idea of cars preventing accidents before they happen isn’t novel, but at the end of the day, collision detection systems are only as smart as the information being fed to them. That’s the ethos behind Continental’s new stereo camera system, which spots people, pets, and other objects in a vehicle’s path, and measures their height, distance from the vehicle, and how they might be moving. This rig, which will be just another part of Continental’s ContiGuard safety system, uses the difference in the lenses’ optical paths to make these calculations — so long as those obstacles are 20 to 30 meters (66 to 98 feet) away.

The company also says the cameras are sharp enough to detect partially obscured objects, and claims accuracy within 20 to 30 centimeters (8 to 12 inches). No word on when it will be ready to ship seeing cars, though if the press release is any indication, German drivers are likely to get their test drive first.

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