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CES 2022: Blickfeld shows concept for all-round vision via Lidar sensor

CES 2022: Blickfeld shows concept for all-round vision via Lidar sensor

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt



At CES 2022, Blickfeld GmbH, a provider of 3D lidar products and perception software for autonomous vehicles, plans to present a concept for seamless, almost invisible embedding of lidar sensors in automobiles. The concept is to reconcile technology and aesthetics.

Blickeld’s approach uses specially designed “Vision Mini” sensors from that manufacturer to achieve seamless integration and aesthetically pleasing integration into the vehicle at multiple mounting positions such as headlights, taillights and side mirrors. By fusing the lidar signals, the arrangement enables full all-round visibility and thus represents an important building block on the road to safe driver-assisted and autonomous mobility, the company argues.

Today’s test vehicles for automated driving are equipped with up to forty cameras, radars and lidar sensors and numerous attachments on the sides and roof of the vehicles. These attachments are not suitable for the mass market, Blickfeld says. In addition, they have a significant negative impact on the NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) safety rating, as injuries to less protected road users are not adequately prevented in the event of an accident, the range of the vehicles is reduced due to the high air resistance of the attachments, and there are no viable solutions for heating, cleaning and protection against wilful damage for the sensors used. The seamless integration and compact size of lidar sensors, as Blickfeld demonstrates in its concept, are factors on the path of autonomous and driver-assisted cars to the mass market.

Compared to radars and cameras, lidar sensors offer a more precise, three-dimensional perception of every detail in the environment and are therefore a central component of active safety systems in vehicles. To ensure maximum safety, a vehicle uses the sensor concept presented to detect objects around the car, blind spots and warn of collisions with the utmost reliability. The vehicle can thus perform emergency braking and lane changes automatically, which greatly reduces the number of traffic accidents. In addition, comfort systems such as parking aids and automatic door opening functions are supported by lidar sensors.

It is crucial for the market success of car manufacturers that they can offer individual designs and that their models are clearly distinguishable from those of their competitors. The seamless integration concept presented therefore pays particular attention to the possibility of emphasising brand-specific characteristics through an intelligent arrangement of the individual elements. To this end, the sensors have been elegantly integrated into the vehicle together with lighting elements in a horizontal “Smart Strip” and are almost invisible. All this is achieved without bulky sensor set-ups on the roof or around the vehicle. The discreetly placed lidar sensors do not interfere with the design. In developing the concept, Blickfeld worked with one of the leading creative agencies, Genesis Design, to take the functionality and design of automated and autonomous vehicles to a new level.

Rainer Müller, Head of Innovation and CEO at Genesis Design, comments: “Blickfeld’s extraordinary and compact sensor opens up innovative possibilities to combine revolutionary technologies with creative solutions. In an increasingly complex world, simple and ingenious ideas are needed. The sensor integration concept developed together with Blickfeld is a world first and demonstrates the perfect synergy in automotive engineering. This solution opens up strong new potentials for autonomous driving and significantly increases customer acceptance in the process.”

https://www.blickfeld.com

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