The Canadian-Austrian automotive supplier Magna announced the start of production of its innovative Gen5 front camera module for a European automobile manufacturer (OEM). The high-volume order covers multiple platforms and vehicle models in different regions over the coming years. Magna leveraged its market-leading camera expertise and global manufacturing processes to develop a scalable one-box front camera module, which it will supply to the car manufacturer.
The fully forward-facing camera system has a wide field of view with aperture angles of 120 degrees horizontally and 48 degrees vertically. This makes it possible to detect obstacles over 160 meters away in front of the vehicle as well as objects to the side such as traffic lights, emergency vehicles and vehicles turning into the vehicle. The camera offers a resolution of eight megapixels, a frame rate of 36 images per second and a color image. The microcontroller is scalable for sensor fusion with up to five radar units.
“We are committed to providing cutting-edge solutions and innovations that prioritize safety for all road users,” said Sharath Reddy, Senior Vice President Magna Electronics. “With our latest generation front camera module, we are taking driver assistance to a new level by offering essential features that give drivers a comprehensive understanding of their driving environment.”
The system offers the following functions:
Trained Park Assist (TPA), a convenience feature that allows the driver to automatically park the vehicle using a previously learned “park in” or “park out” trajectory.
Environmental Condition Recognition (ECR), which classifies the current condition of the road surface with regard to wetness or snow cover for piloted driving functions to control the vehicle.
Monocular Scene Reconstruction (MSR), which recognizes the transition from drivable to non-drivable areas, for example transitions from asphalt to grass, construction site boundaries and much more.
Hazard Detection (HZD), which recognizes static obstacles on the road in advance to avoid collisions.
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