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Fujitsu Introduces Car Safety Technology

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Fujitsu driving safety software

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Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited will be introducing software designed to improve driving safety and make drivers more aware of what is on the roads, reports Colin Jeffrey for Gizmag. The software uses images that a car’s cameras capture, along with a proprietary System-on-Chip (SoC) graphics device, to automatically detect moving objects nearby and compare them with stored representations in what Fujitsu calls its “Approaching Object Detection Library,” or AODL, as Jeffrey writes.

This system will be particularly helpful in busy cities, writes Jeffrey, and will help on-board cameras work to their best advantage, especially considering that the U.S. requires that all cars built from May 2018 have rear-view cameras as standard equipment. Fujitsu’s system will be able to detect and identify cars, people, and other moving objects, and alert the driver as to where they are and which way they are moving, Jeffrey notes.

In order for the system to identify and categorize moving objects, it uses a detection algorithm and processes the objects with error-reduction technology to eliminate false positives, Jeffrey writes; the technology is also able to eliminate false negatives, Fujitsu says in a press release. The correctly identified objects are displayed on a dashboard monitor.

The Yokohama, Japan-based Fujitsu writes that the company designed the technology to be built without dedicated hardware such as image-processing LSI devices. Fujitsu says it will be demonstrating the AODL this week at the 2014 Automotive Engineering Exposition, to be held at the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall.

An evaluation version of the AODL will be available this month, shipped with an evaluation board that includes the company’s graphics device, for testing functionality, Fujitsu writes. The system is expected to be on the market in September.

Jeffrey writes about the advantages this product has over similar ones. Other systems designed to help a driver see all around the vehicle require constant monitoring, he writes. And because of increasing demands on drivers’ attention — from smartphones to Internet-enabled dashboard displays — this AODL system “may well do even more good simply by being unobtrusive,” Jeffrey writes.

Comments to the Gizmag piece include the following:

Slowburn writes: “Perhaps Fujitsu and Google could share their technologies.”

Sheldon Cooper writes:

So the driver has to look down at a dashboard monitor to ‘see’ moving objects? How about just looking through the windscreen?

Anything which encourages the abdication of responsibility for being alert and observant is bad.

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