3D surround view solution assists driver parking

September 15, 2017 //By Graham Prophet
3D surround view solution assists driver parking
Renesas (Tokyo, Japan) and automotive embedded software provider Cogent Embedded (San Jose, CA) are cooperating on the development of a 3D surround view solution to assist drivers during parking or low speed maneuvers. The outcome is customizable 3D surround view software for use with Renesas’ R-Car V3M to deliver parking assist systems without using GPUs.

Designed for parking assist systems in entry- and mid-level cars, the system combines the Renesas R-Car V3M system-on-chip (SoC), which incorporates a dedicated image rendering unit (IMR) that delivers realistic 360-degree surround view, with Cogent’s customizable software, on a reference board. This eliminates the need to use a GPU, thereby enabling system developers to create power-efficient 3D surround view parking assist systems at low cost.

On-demand customization services can also be provided by Cogent Embedded to enable system developers to concentrate on developing application software to differentiate their systems.

“The R-Car V3M SoC provides the right set of functions for entry-to-mid level surround view to run efficiently our state of the art 3D surround view with pedestrian detection, cross-traffic-alert and lane tracking algorithms, an ideal combination of surround view and computer vision features,” said Artemi Ivanov, President of Cogent Embedded Inc.

“Combining the power and cost effectiveness of Renesas hardware with our royalty-free software allows carmakers to offer surround view in lower priced vehicles. We believe that with the new collaboration, Renesas and Cogent can contribute to making surround view a standard on all new vehicles....”

It is necessary for next-generation 3D surround view systems to achieve not only display functionality but also object recognition. Surround view is a vehicle camera system that provides an all-round panorama view and assists the driver when parking.

A control display on the vehicle’s interior control panels shows data from surround view cameras and offers the driver a realistic 360-degree surround view to assist in manoeuvring the vehicle to park and to alert the driver to obstacles in its path that may not be immediately visible.

The R-Car V3M is equipped with an integrated image signal processor (ISP), the IMR for low-power image rendering and the IMP-X5 computer vision engine. It delivers robust functional safety and high-performance at low-power consumption required for use in smart camera applications, surround view systems, and LIDARs, including NCAP

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