Designed for parking assist systems in entry- and mid-level cars, the system combines the Renesas R-Car V3M system-on-chip (SoC), which incorporates a dedicated image rendering unit (IMR) that delivers realistic 360-degree surround view, with Cogent’s customizable software, on a reference board. This eliminates the need to use a GPU, thereby enabling system developers to create power-efficient 3D surround view parking assist systems at low cost. On-demand customization services can also be provided by Cogent Embedded to enable system developers to concentrate on developing application software to differentiate their systems.
“The R-Car V3M SoC provides the right set of functions for entry-to-mid level surround view to run efficiently our state of the art 3D surround view with pedestrian detection, cross-traffic-alert and lane tracking algorithms, an ideal combination of surround view and computer vision features,” said Artemi Ivanov, President of Cogent Embedded Inc. “Combining the power and cost effectiveness of Renesas hardware with our royalty-free software allows carmakers to offer surround view in lower priced vehicles. We believe that with the new collaboration, Renesas and Cogent can contribute to making surround view a standard on all new vehicles….”
It is necessary for next-generation 3D surround view systems to achieve not only display functionality but also object recognition. Surround view is a vehicle camera system that provides an all-round panorama view and assists the driver when parking. A control display on the vehicle’s interior control panels shows data from surround view cameras and offers the driver a realistic 360-degree surround view to assist in manoeuvring the vehicle to park and to alert the driver to obstacles in its path that may not be immediately visible.
The R-Car V3M is equipped with an integrated image signal processor (ISP), the IMR for low-power image rendering and the IMP-X5 computer vision engine. It delivers robust functional safety and high-performance at low-power consumption required for use in smart camera applications, surround view systems, and LIDARs, including NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) features.
The R-Car V3M is part of the Renesas autonomy™ Platform, an open, innovative and trusted platform for ADAS and automated driving. With this open platform, Renesas is the only automotive semiconductor supplier in the industry to cover end-to-end solutions from secure cloud connectivity and sensing to vehicle control.
The R-Car V3M includes a dedicated image rendering unit (IMR) that enables realistic 360-degree surround view and free view-points at lower power consumption than GPU-based SoCs. The R-Car V3M supports up to four 1.3 Megapixel cameras. These cameras can make use of the integrated ISP in the R-Car V3M, which eliminates the need to install an ISP per camera, thereby reducing bill-of-material (BOM) costs. The optimized video pipeline can generate up to Full HD resolution output to the infotainment units. The integrated IMP-X5 computer vision engine enables object recognition such as lane detection, pedestrian or obstacle detection. This enables OEMs and Tier 1s to design full-HD surround view systems with high quality resolutions and lower power consumption.
Cogent Embedded; www.cogentembedded.com
Renesas Electronics Europe; www.renesas.com