Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has developed what it calls the industry’s highest-performing automotive camera technology, which detects various object types at distances of up to about 100 meters.
The system, which is based on Mitsubishi Electric’s proprietary Maisart-brand artificial-intelligence (AI) technology, is expected to help prevent accidents, especially when drivers change lanes, according to the compny.
Mirrorless cars that replace rearview and side mirrors with camera-monitoring systems were approved for use in Europe and Japan in 2016, and the first commercial mirrorless cars are expected to be launched in Japan as early as next year.
Mitsubishi Electric’s proposed technology employs a new computational visual-cognition model that mimics human visual behavior to rapidly focus on appropriate regions within the field of view.
Compared to conventional camera-based systems, the proposed technology can significantly extend the maximum distance of object detection from about 30 meters to 100 meters, and also can improve object detection accuracy from 14 percent to 81 percent, according to the company.