The combination of these two technologies will enable the design of a sensor which can detect pedestrians, bicycles and other traffic participants in the surrounding of the vehicle. In the past, such systems suffered from poor object identification or reaction times too slow to really avoid accidents. However, Swedish carmaker recently aired reports of good results with sensors based on a combination of image processing and radar.
The Fujitsu Ten / Valeo system will trigger an automatic brake application down to a speed of zero kph. It is intended to equip vehicles with multiple sensors to maximize safety in all directions of the vehicle.
Merging the properties of millimetre wave radar and image processing, the two partners said they intend to develop a highly accurate an reliable sensing technology unaffected by environmental conditions such as weather, illumination or haze. Millimetre wave radar is adept at identifying relative distance and detecting objects while the camera in connection with a downstream image analysing software can identify the type of the obstacle.