Toyota's Vehicle Safety Cocoon Sees Beyond the Human Eye
【Summary】Toyota showed off is new vehicle vision technology today at the opening of CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The camera system can detect objects in strong contrasting light, otherwise hidden by bright sunlight or darkness.
LAS VEGAS -- Toyota showed off is new vehicle vision technology today at the opening of CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The camera system can detect objects in strong contrasting light, otherwise hidden by bright sunlight or darkness. Toyota says the system creates a 360 degree 'safety cocoon' around the vehicle, protecting occupants from hazards.
The front sensing technology has a forward range of up to 450 meters. In Toyota's demonstration of the technology using a lifelike model of an urban street with a two-lane tunnel, the technology is impressive.
The camera was able to clearly see inside of the dark tunnel to reveal that two cars were in a collision and blocking both lanes ahead. The system can warn the driver well in advance to alert them of the hazard.
Another test mimicked the car driving towards an area with tall building which exteriors reflecting the sun, strong enough to obscure a driver's vision and the road ahead. The camera was able to provide a clear image of the road ahead, without any interference from the sun.
The camera provides clear views in real-time regardless of the weather or lighting conditions. Toyota may offer the technology as part of its 'Safety Sense' ADAS suite on future models.
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