While the geomatics industry has been focused on high end laser scanners, with the exception of Velodyne, although I don’t think they are anwhere near the price point of this new Multi Function Camera from Continental. As I have noted many times this is the same pattern that we saw with GPS.
CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) cameras are already used for categorizing objects in front of a vehicle. However, by itself, a CMOS camera cannot always provide sufficiently reliable information for initiating automatic emergency braking.
Continental is combining the passive sensor technology with an infrared Lidar in the Multi Function Camera with Lidar. The Lidar sensor transmits three pulsed infrared beams with a 905nm wavelength and measures the time-of-flight until the reflected beams reach the receiving optics.
The sensor monitors a distance of more than ten meters in front of the vehicle, which classifies it as a short-range Lidar system. From the speed of light and the time-of-flight, the Multi Function Camera with Lidar is able to calculate the distance to the object to an accuracy of up to ten centimeters. In conjunction with the CMOS camera, the sensor module now provides a robust means of object categorization and reliability.
With tight cost restrictions in mind, particularly as regards compact vehicles, the Multi Function Camera with Lidar module has been made scalable. Depending on the application, the computing capacity can be adjusted to three different comprehensive levels. In all three variants, the MFL always provides robust and reliable data on which to base the decision to initiate automatic emergency braking – and does so in the smallest space. In addition to Lane Departure Alert (LDA) which is available in Toyota Safety Sense C package, other ADAS functions such as Lane Keeping Support (LKS) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) can be installed as additional optional vehicle equipment with the same sensor module.
As I have noted many times this is the same pattern that we saw with GPS. Don’t look now soccer moms you might get “lidared”.