Mitsubishi Motors has developed e-Assist- a new active safety system that uses millimeter-wavelength radar as well as a camera to further increase driving safety and peace of mind. MMC will use the e-Assist system for the first time on the all-new and fully redesigned Outlander SUV which is to be released this October in Japan. Comprising the three functions, e-Assist supports safer driving on occasions when accidents are more likely to occur, such as on long-distance journeys or when driving in poor visibility at night or in bad weather conditions.
The e-Assist system comprises the Millimeter-wave radar and camera unit. The radar unit is mounted behind the front grill and monitors the distance to and relative speed of the vehicle in front. The 77GHz millimeter-wavelength radar unit provides highly reliable and stable performance regardless of direction of sunlight or other light, driving at night or in rain and has a maximum detection range of around 200 meters.
The camera unit is mounted at the top of the windshield (see image below) and monitors the position of the lane dividing lines in front of the vehicle. To prevent fogging of the lens and maintain precise and consistent imaging quality, the unit is mounted directly to the windshield inside the vehicle. The unit also incorporates a sensor which automatically turns on the windshield wipers when it detects raindrops on the windshield.