Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) support the driver, where the car systems can react to situations more quickly than the driver e.g. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), or can provide the driver with improved situational awareness – e.g. surround cameras / radars.
Highly Autonomous Driving (HAD) can be considered as a highly developed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), where the driver will eventually need to take control of the car.
The development of more robust ADAS systems support the long-term capability of HAD systems.
Since 2014 there has been a major increase in the market penetration of AEB systems that meet Euro NCAP test standards. There have also been significant developments in combining Lane Keeping and Lane Changing Assistance with ACC to provide Autonomous Capability in defined conditions.
BWV technology addresses the next stage in development of these ADAS and Autonomous Driving capability with improvements to the robustness of the systems to adverse weather and light conditions. ECV provides imagery and 3D object positioning, over a longer depth of view and in significantly worse environmental conditions, than existing Forward Facing Cameras.
The technology is cost effective and package efficient, supporting volume market price positioning and OEM’s vehicle design aspirations.
OEM AND TIER1
BWV provides OEMs and Tier1s with sensors and knowhow that cover a variety of forward looking ADAS and HAD applications. The sensors, coupled with a Near Infrared pulsed illumination source, have been developed to operate in all day and night conditions as well as adverse weather conditions such as rain, fog, morning mist and tire spray.
BWV active gated technology is an essential sensing and ranging part of the “Holy Grail” of Class 4 & 5 levels automated driving providing an image where existing cameras are limited, when redundancy is crucial for safety and when fusion sensors must be versatile in order to verify the validity of information.
The sensor is small enough to fit into a mono camera base that can be fitted behind the rear view mirror. The pulsed illumination light source is robust enough to be mounted inside the car grill, or in the forward light beam assembly.
Passenger cars implemented with BWV sensors will be able to provide the driver with robust front facing ADAS functions, and autonomous driving solutions, in all day and night light conditions, and in harsh weather conditions, with a cost-effective solution.
These functions include:
- Day and night vision system
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Intelligent Headlight Control (IHC)
- Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
- Object detection (based on “Slice” image)
- Localization for vehicle positing in the desired path
- Free path (based on 3D dense range information)
BWV sensors can also be used for a variety of non-automotive vision and ranging applications. BWV will be happy to cooperate with developers and integrators of safety and perimeter protection systems to address the need for all weather, all conditions vision systems, with a low cost, one camera solution.