Magna announced the start of production of its innovative Gen5 front camera module for a European automotive OEM. The high-volume order covers multiple platforms and vehicle models in different regions in the coming years. Magna leveraged its market-leading camera expertise and global manufacturing processes to develop a scalable one-box front camera module, which the company will deliver to the automaker.
The fully front-facing camera system features a wide field of view with aperture angles of 120 degrees horizontally and 48 degrees vertically. This enables detection of obstacles more than 160 meters away in front of the vehicle as well as objects to the side such as traffic lights, emergency vehicles and approaching vehicles. The camera offers eight megapixel resolution, a frame rate of 36 frames per second and a color image. The microcontroller is scalable for sensor fusion with up to five radars.
“We are committed to providing state-of-the-art 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’re 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” path.
Environmental Condition Recognition (ECR), which classifies the current condition of the road surface in terms of wetness or snow cover for piloted driving functions to control the vehicle.
Monocular Scene Reconstruction (MSR), which detects the transition from drivable to non-drivable areas, for example transitions from asphalt to grass, construction site boundaries and more.
Hazard Detection (HZD), which detects static obstacles on the road in advance to avoid collisions.