12 Jan 2020

CONTINENTAL SATELLITE CAMERAS HONORED WITH CES 2020 INNOVATION AWARD

Continental has bundled surround view camera systems providing an all-around view of the vehicle environment with cameras identifying traffic signs et cetera and those to make objects in the blind spot visible into one system. For this "transparent hood" function Continental is awarded a CES 2020 Innovation Award.

An intelligent Image Processing Algorithm developed by Continental, which also includes different vehicle sensor data, is reconstructing the image under the vehicle and inserts this image exactly into the surround view displayed to the driver. This "transparent hood" function is put by Continental into series production for the first time at the end of 2018 in a SUV of an European car manufacturer. Continental claims the system helps to manoeuvre a vehicle precisely and in a controlled manner in narrow parking spaces with high curbs, over speed bumps and potholes, or when off-roading over rocks and rough terrain. To the driver it looks as though the hood of a passenger car and the engine compartment beneath it are transparent. “The image of the terrain around the vehicle is provided by the satellite cameras already installed in many vehicles. They are located at the front of the radiator grill, at the rear and there is one at the bottom of each of the side mirrors. However, the satellite cameras themselves cannot depict the space underneath the car”, said Markus Friebe, Head of Visualization Functions at Continental.

Continental combines in this system the ‘human vision’ with so-called ‘computer vision’. This term encompasses all camera assistance systems and combines the different functions to help the driver as in an emergency brake assist. Continental states that in the future, this intelligence will no longer be linked to the front camera alone, but to several satellite cameras which makes it possible for the vehicle to brake automatically when reversing if, for example, it comes too close to a person behind the car, are going into series production.



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