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Multicamera system boosts safe driving

Posted: 06 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicamera system? BMW safe driving? camera display?

Valeo has equipped the new BMW 7 series with multicamera systems offering thorough visibility of the vehicle's surroundings. Comprising three cameras, the system allows drivers to carry out complex maneuvers easily, comfortably and in complete safety.

During parking, the rear camera, integrated into the tailgate handle, provides wide-angle images of the area behind the vehicle. Precise distances are displayed as lines on the image, and become dynamic to illustrate the trajectory at the moment when the driver begins the maneuver. The use of ultrasonic sensors allows the system to detect any obstacle and display it on the screen immediately. Diagonal parking is made far simpler, allowing the driver to park in the narrowest of spaces.

During riskier maneuvers, when the driver has limited visibility, the cameras display the area to the front of the vehicle even if visibility is obstructed. The system monitors cars, bicycles and pedestrians passing in front of the vehicle, displaying the wide-angle image on a screen for the driver.

Currently using three cameras, an upgraded version will use five, which will together offer a panoramic view of the vehicle's environment. Valeo is also working on the continuous improvement of image quality. Eventually, the company will offer a complete system combining the current Park4U, based on ultrasonic sensors and current multicamera vision systems.

In 2007, Valeo acquired Connaught Electronics Ltd, an Irish manufacturer of automotive electronics, and the multicamera system is the result of the successful integration of this new division into Valeo's driving assistance domain.

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