Bearing traffic in mind
It should be clear that driver assistance systems are not just about more comfort for the driver. The applications equipped with sensitive sensors and networked cameras can save lives. The EU wants to commit to assistance systems in new cars from next year in order to reduce the number of road fatalities and serious injuries caused by traffic.
In 2017, 25,300 people died in European road traffic, about as many as in previous years. Originally, the EU wanted to halve that number between 2010 and 2020, but this now seems unlikely. Most of the accidents are due to human error. To prevent this in the future, First Sensor develops and produces optical sensors and camera systems that keep an eye on roads, signs and other road users as the “eyes” of partially and fully autonomous cars, trucks, utility and special vehicles.
“In partially autonomous vehicles, intelligent cameras detect speed limits or obstacles on the road. They help to keep track and prevent accidents caused by blind spots. We are already contributing to greater road safety in this way,” said CEO Dr. Dirk Rothweiler. In conjunction with Radar and the LIDAR technology – for which the company is developing optical sensors – the networked systems should also enable fully autonomous driving in the future.
of all accidents are caused by driving errors (German Road Safety Council)
In order to meet the growing demand for cameras that are robust and reliable enough to support the driver in traffic in rain or snow, the First Sensor Mobility GmbH transferred the “Blue Next” new camera generation to series production at the beginning of 2018. Since the beginning of the year, the specialists led by Wilhelm Prinz von Hessen, Vice President Mobility of First Sensor AG, have been manufacturing the first “Blue Next” camera solution for an international tier-1 supplier of driver assistance systems. The supply agreement initially covers the period up to 2022.
Embedded Area View Cameras
Equipped with the high-speed interface APIX for point-to-point connectivity in vehicles, they replace traditional rear-view mirrors.
"We have started delivering the first cameras to our customers, and expect an enquiry of 10-20,000 systems for converting motor homes and minibuses by 2019 alone," explains Wilhelm Prinz von Hessen, Vice President of Mobility at First Sensor AG. "At present, we are seeing a sharp rise in demand for driver assistance products for commercial and special vehicles."
Volume production of the second "Blue Next" model for a further customer is scheduled to start in summer 2018. The digital HDR-CMOS cameras can also be used in First Sensor's Embedded Area View
application, and support innovative driver assistance systems in this way. Six to eight cameras can be integrated into the system. The Area View application uses them to provide real-time images both from a bird's-eye view and from any angle in a 360 all-round view.