The new Denso standard vision sensor is designed to detect nighttime pedestrians who wouldn't be visible to the naked eye. Photo courtesy of Denso.

The new Denso standard vision sensor is designed to detect nighttime pedestrians who wouldn't be visible to the naked eye. Photo courtesy of Denso.

Automotive supplier Denso Corp. said it has developed a new standard vision sensor that can reduce accidents by detecting pedestrians and other road users in low-light conditions.

The new vision sensor, which works in conjunction with a millimeter-wave radar sensor, allows vehicles to automatically activate emergency braking when obstacles are identified. The sensor supports the widespread adoption of safety technologies that will play a critical role in the advancement of future mobility, Denso said.

The sensor improves night vision through the use of both a lens specifically designed for low-light use and a solid-state imaging device with higher sensitivity. These innovations help the sensor better identify other road users and different-shaped road signs, such as triangular, rectangular and octagonal traffic signs, according to the manufacturer.

An improved white-line detection algorithm and road-edge detection algorithm also broaden the operating range of lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure alert functions, while a 40% size reduction from previous models reduces costs and makes installation easier, Denso said.

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