Automotive standard lens targets interior monitoring systems

Automotive standard lens targets interior monitoring systems

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

At CES, Immervision (Montreal, Canada) has unveiled a lens specifically designed to meet automotive safety and comfort requirements in the vehicle cabin.

Specialising in systems that combine image processing and sensor fusion, Immervision is bringing its technology to a super-wide angle (190°) lens. The lens provides full coverage inside the cabin to meet the needs of both driver and passenger monitoring applications. The lens’ distortion profile is designed to produce HIGH image quality and pixel density that is engineered for critical applications to enhance image tracking, passenger identification and steering wheel monitoring.

The broadband support of this lens ranges from visible to near-infrared (VNIR). With its high luminosity, the lens enables you to capture high-quality images in low light. With its versatility, it can be used for complex surveillance functions, such as eye tracking through glasses, determining safety hazards such as driver fatigue, and improving passenger classification and object detection at night, without the need for external light sources. This, says Director, Product Management Jean-Sébastien Landry, allows multiple safety applications to be implemented with a single camera. This allows OEMs and Tier 1 companies to reduce costs and deliver a less intrusive cabin design.

The flexibility in vehicle design provided by offering the lens in a smaller footprint means automakers now have more complete interior coverage with fewer cameras. In addition, manufacturers can offer new comfort optimisation features such as passenger classification to automatically manage preferences and new entertainment features such as video chat or video conferencing.

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