Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed what it believes to be the industry’s highest performing automotive camera technology. The system detects different objects at distances of up to about 100 meters, enabling drivers to receive advanced warning for enhanced driving safety in mirrorless cars now under development. 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.
The technology is based on the company’s proprietary Maisart-brand artificial intelligence and features a new computational visual-cognition model that mimics human visual behavior to rapidly focus on appropriate regions within the field of view. The model’s relatively simple algorithms free up system resources for real-time performance, even in on-board systems. Compared to conventional camera-based equipment, the proposed system can also improve object detection accuracy from 14 percent to 81 percent. It can distinguish between object types such as pedestrians, cars and motorcycles.