Two monitors used as side mirrors recognize vehicles running diagonally behind at night
Toshiba exhibited a technology to recognize cars running diagonally behind and display their images on the two monitors used as side mirrors by using “Visconti,” an image processing LSI for vehicles, at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2008. The Visconti is used for the “Intelligent Night Vision System,” a night-vision system mounted on Honda’s high-grade sedan “Legend.” In the demonstration, the images on the two monitors were regarded as the scenes reflected on side mirrors. And the vehicles running from behind in the next lanes were shown on the monitors.
The distance to the approaching car is calculated by the image-recognition technology, and the color of the line shown on the monitor changes depending on the distance. As the distance becomes shorter, the color changes from green to red via yellow. In the demo, the area that the Visconti was processing was surrounded by a white line, and the horizontal line was drawn in blue.
The Intelligent Night Vision System uses “far infrared” cameras to detect pedestrians in or approaching the vehicle’s path and provides the driver with visual and audio cautions to help prevent accidents involving pedestrians. The Intelligent Night Vision System uses images obtained from two far infrared cameras positioned in the lower section of the front bumper to detect the position and movement of infrared heat-emitting objects and determine whether they are in or approaching the vehicle’s path.