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.