The IP PReVENT subproject UseRCams focuses on the development of an affordable active 3D sensor, which is vital in providing improved obstacle detection and classification at short range.
The sensor is especially suitable for collision mitigation, protection of vulnerable road users and blind spot detection. The first prototype has been developed based on a nanosecond-pulsed laser and a customised CMOS photosensitive sensor with short integration time.
The resulting prototype camera will be used for the development of first generation algorithms for the recognition of urban traffic objects. The know-how and experience accumulated with the deployment and evaluation of this prototype will lead to the design of a customised CMOS imager that aims at the optimal adaptation to pre-crash and blind spot safety applications.
UseRCams is developing and testing a versatile 3D sensor technology for urban collision protection (for pre-crash or blind spot surveillance applications), which will be capable of delivering detailed depth information by combining excellent lateral resolution and depth information. UseRCams will furthermore develop and test signal processing algorithms for the 3D image sensor to provide object and VRU localisation and classification.
The sensors deliver distance ranges of up to 25m with a repetition rate of 10 milliseconds for pre-crash and blind-spot applications:
front/side distance range (20-25m)
lateral proximity of trucks (blindspot surveillance)
3D algorithms for object (obstacles, pedestrian) classification
3D CMOS cameras will be integrated in IP PReVENT cars and trucks demonstrating the performance of the sensors in typical traffic situations and
- Outstanding potential in terms of perception performance, sensor size, package and future production costs (full solid-state microsystem)
3D CMOS camera
New ToF array 64 x 8 Pixel
Key Events and Milestones
||Workshop on UseRCams requirements and specifications|
||UseRCams requirements and specifications finalised|
||1st Vehicle Demonstrator |
||Workshop 2: Presentation and Discussion on results of 1st Vehicle Demonstrator|
||Customised 3D-CMOS chip available|
||Customised 3D prototype camera integrated in car and test vehicles|
Application of Results
The first results demonstrate the feasibility of the new sensor approach. The final prototype should meet the requirements set by the different IP PReVENT applications.
Front/side distance range
Pedestrian detection and classification
||Exchange and adjustment on requirements and specifications, |
contribution, commitment to integrate UseRCams Range Sensor in Year 4
||Investigation on sensor data fusion potential for traffic object classification|
||Delivery of UseRCams functional requirements and specification on vehicle networking and data transfer|
||Ongoing contribution and collaboration|
Siemens AG, Corporate Technology
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