Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited has incorporated approaching object detection—which notifies drivers of nearby people, bicycles and other objects—into the 360° Wraparound View System that allows drivers to check their entire surroundings in 3D from any angle. Fujitsu claims it is the first company to accomplish this.
In addition, Fujitsu's third-generation high-performance graphic SoC for automotive applications, the MB86R24, has improved CPU and GPU performance for faster processing and sharper image rendering, and comes equipped with 6 full HD input channels and 3 display output channels, allowing for greater flexibility in input/output control.
The product will enable the development of integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems that consolidate and provide centralized control over a variety of onboard vehicle information. Until now, the display of such information on multiple screens has been controlled independently for each screen.
The 360° Wraparound View System uses cameras facing forward, backward, left, and right to synthesize a 3D model of the environment and then display the surroundings from any perspective (Figure 1). Last year, Fujitsu Semiconductor developed a 360° wraparound view system that employed a second-generation MB86R10 series graphics SoC and also worked with megapixel cameras. As systems such as this, which give clear visual confirmation of a vehicle's surroundings, grow in popularity, there will be increasing expectations for additional functionality that reduces the likelihood of driver oversights while promoting safer, more confident driving.
The MB86R24 boasts roughly double the CPU performance and 5 times the GPU performance of its second-generation predecessor, delivering sharper images and the ability to view surroundings from any perspective. The chip also features Approaching Object Detection, which notifies the driver of nearby objects approaching the vehicle (Figure 2). The proximity detection algorithm was developed jointly with Fujitsu Laboratories, and is the world premiere to be implemented as part of a 360° wraparound view system.
This SoC can also take input from 6 cameras simultaneously, thereby enabling greater flexibility in rendering 3D imagery and making the technology applicable in a wider range of scenarios.
The new product will be available in sample quantities starting in August 2013, along with the related software.