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Fujitsu Birds-eye View Camera System   (Source: Fujitsu)
Fujitsu technology creates all around view for car drivers to enhance awareness

One thing that plagues drivers of most any vehicle on the road is blind spots. Some vehicles have blind spots large enough that even the largest vehicles can be overlooked leading to accidents and the potential for the loss of life.

Fujitsu Laboratories has announced that it has developed a new video-processing technology that can offer drivers a complete 360-degree view around the vehicle. The real-time process greatly enhances the driver's field of view and will eliminate blind spots making it safer for drivers.

Fujitsu says that the technology offers the point of view and field of view that is most appropriate for each driving situation. Full details on the new Fujitsu system will be offered at the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Systems.

The Fujitsu system uses four cameras to capture images from each side of the vehicle. The video images are then processed and converted into a virtual birds-eye view of the vehicle surroundings and the synthesized video is then projected onto a virtual roadway.

Fujitsu feels that the system will greatly aid drivers in situations like parking, turning, and merging into traffic. If systems like this became common on America's roadways, it could make things much safer not only for the driver of the vehicle, but for other motorists as well -- particularly motorcyclists.

The system is able to provide views of the roadwork within about two meters of the car from a birds-eye view. Fujitsu says that this view would require an additional camera to provide the needed view for backing up. The video processing time of the system is 30 milliseconds. The system uses the MB86R01 SoC graphics chip for automobiles from Fujitsu that supports OpenGL ES and merges four different camera views into one seamless image.

Ford has a system that looks for vehicles in blind spots that uses radar. The Fujitsu system would provide more situational awareness than radar could.



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Interesting
By IceBreakerG on 11/17/2008 11:04:48 AM , Rating: 1
It's interesting that a lot of drivers can't pay attention in 1 direction, what makes Fujitsu think they can pay attention to a 360 degree spectrum now?




RE: Interesting
By TreeDude62 on 11/17/2008 11:21:39 AM , Rating: 4
I think you missed the point. Anything that can make driving easier and safer is always a good idea.


RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 11/17/2008 11:51:41 AM , Rating: 1
And you missed his point. That people can't even pay attention to what's in front of them. What makes you think they'll pay attention to what's all around them even if they're given the information?


RE: Interesting
By MrBlastman on 11/17/2008 12:01:27 PM , Rating: 3
Especially when they are too busy sending text messages or playing with their cell phones... While I think it is a nifty invention, I don't think it will help people who don't pay attention to begin with at all.

Perhaps we just need to require drivers to wear a neuro-helmet and when the onboard computer detects driver distraction, it administers electro-shocks to the captain of the vehicle... These shocks would be at varying frequency though so they can not become accustomed to the negative stimulus.


RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 11/17/2008 12:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'd prefer the software to sharply cut the wheel into the cement wall or ditch (provided there isn't a car to the side of them). If they can prevent the accident they can keep driving. Otherwise, potential Darwin award.


RE: Interesting
By JKflipflop98 on 11/17/2008 12:18:09 PM , Rating: 3
The only sure-fire way to make things safer is to take the human element out of it altogether. Have the cars drive themselves. Some type of Future-rama inner-city suction tube transit system. Anything that doesn't rely on dumb old humans to watch out for one another.


RE: Interesting
By MrBlastman on 11/17/2008 12:31:10 PM , Rating: 4
I'm all for computer-controlled cars - except I'd just have them enter this mode on the freeways and interstates. On surface streets there are far too many random non-traffic things that can occur to warrant computer control... at least right now. Simple things such as kids playing, objects near the side of the road etc. - we'd need some serious AI to determine weather to slow down, stop, prepare for a problem and so on.


RE: Interesting
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 11/17/2008 12:59:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The only sure-fire way to make things safer is to take the human element out of it altogether. Have the cars drive themselves.


Oh boy, I will go back to the practice of law if your dream is ever realized. Think of the law suits!


RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 11/17/2008 1:25:16 PM , Rating: 3
No thanks I'm good.


RE: Interesting
By austinag on 11/17/2008 12:30:29 PM , Rating: 5
Ah Hah! There is the answer! We need a system that sends a TXT message to drivers when someone is in their blind spot.

"WTF SOMEONE IS IN UR BLNDSPT LOL"


RE: Interesting
By MrBlastman on 11/17/2008 12:36:20 PM , Rating: 5
Brilliant! Good Show Dr. Watson!

other messages would include:

OMG! UR HEADING TO A WALL! LOLZor!
OMGWTFBBQ! U JUST PASSED A COP! IDIOT!
ALERT! UR GOING TO FAST! LAWLS
U JUST RAN OVER A KID! SPEED UP AND RUN!
DRIVER AHEAD BFF! UR TAILGATING ARSEHOLE!

This has potential. Oh yes it does.


RE: Interesting
By Spivonious on 11/17/2008 12:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
If any post ever deserved "ROFLMFAO", this one is it.


RE: Interesting
By LumbergTech on 11/17/2008 5:30:48 PM , Rating: 2
i second that


RE: Interesting
By Indianapolis on 11/17/2008 12:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure that I really follow the original logic either. That's kind of like saying that rear view mirrors are yet another distraction. That's really what this system is, a glorified rearview mirror.


RE: Interesting
By omnicronx on 11/17/2008 1:49:45 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
That people can't even pay attention to what's in front of them.
There is a generalization if I have ever heard one. The second posters response makes perfect sense, allowing the driver to see more will make driving safer. By your logic lets just forgo rear view and side mirrors all together, as people have enough trouble looking forward right?

I find it real sad how many of you jumped on the negative bandwagon so quickly, when it is pretty obvious that being able to see more makes driving safer. Believe it or not, many people do make use of all their mirrors, I'm not saying that many people do not, but your statement is a terrible generalization as there are many drivers that pay attention to more than what is in front of them.

And if it makes it more safe for those that actually do watch their surroundings, then all the power to it. It will make it easier to navigate around those idiots who do not.


Seriously
By Spivonious on 11/17/2008 11:06:35 AM , Rating: 3
Is it that hard to turn your head and see if anyone is behind you? I guess that would mean putting down the cell phone first.

I have been driving for 11 years and have never had a need for any backup camera, or blindspot radar. With properly adjusted mirrors and some defensive driving, I have never caused an accident.




RE: Seriously
By Maximilian on 11/17/2008 11:22:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah its ridiculous how many drivers just dont pay attention, ive been driving for 62 years and ive only hit 3 people in the last 5 years and only 1 was seriously hurt!! Why cant more drivers be like i am :/


RE: Seriously
By Spivonious on 11/17/2008 12:05:23 PM , Rating: 3
Sarcasm noted, but why? I've never hit anyone in 11 years. I've been in a couple of accidents, all due to icy roads and/or idiot drivers. Adding all of these "safety" features just makes people pay attention less.

"Oh I don't have to look behind me when backing up, the backup alarm will go off"

"Oh I don't have to drive slowly in the snow, my AWD will save me"

"Oh I don't have to wear my seatbelt, the airbags will protect me"

"Oh I don't have to pay attention to the road, my huge ass SUV will save me"


RE: Seriously
By FITCamaro on 11/17/2008 12:07:48 PM , Rating: 1
Agreed. The more safety features they put into cars, the more accident rates seem to go up. Hmm.....


RE: Seriously
By JediJeb on 11/18/2008 3:42:21 PM , Rating: 2
Holds true for many things. Stats prove that once helmets were required for all Hockey players, the number of neck and spine injuries increased dramatically because the players started thinking " oh I have a helmet so it won't hurt if my head hits the wall". Your head won't be hurt but does nasty thing to your neck at that speed.


RE: Seriously
By acer905 on 11/17/2008 12:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
Don't blame cell phones for everything, blame the people using them. I have one rule for driving, Don't Drive Stupid. It covers everything, if you are distracted by having drank to much, driving would be stupid. So don't do it. If talking on a cell phone would distract you, driving would be stupid. So don't do it. If for some reason driving a car would distract you from driving the car, driving would be stupid. So don't do it!


Very cool
By Indianapolis on 11/17/2008 11:07:49 AM , Rating: 2
Does this mean my wife will now be able to back out of the garage without knocking off a side mirror or knocking over my motorcycle parked in the driveway?




RE: Very cool
By IceBreakerG on 11/17/2008 11:14:29 AM , Rating: 3
No, because she still won't pay attention, she'll be even more distracted :)


RE: Very cool
By arazok on 11/17/2008 11:28:17 AM , Rating: 2
I’ll never forget my wife knocking the rear view mirror off the car as she backed out of the garage – a week before we were supposed to return the lease, and 1 DAY after having the car pass the pre-return inspection.


RE: Very cool
By 67STANG on 11/17/2008 4:13:37 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't it funny how your wife can bring the car back with paint rubs, dings and dents and then completely be oblivious as to how it happened?

Even more funny: Men's insurance rates are still higher. WTF.


RE: Very cool
By FITCamaro on 11/17/2008 4:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
Ditto dude. The past few chicks I've gone out with all have had like 3,4,5 tickets. All still pay lower rates than me. I pay $600ish for 6 months with very good full coverage and roadside assistance through Geico with a $1000 deductible. Only ever had 2 tickets (not on my record) and been in 1 accident that I didn't cause(not on my record).


RE: Very cool
By JediJeb on 11/18/2008 3:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, what do you drive? I have never had a ticket and only one accident where someone ran into me and that was over 20 years ago, and my insurance is only $220 every 6 months for full coverage with $1000 deductible. But it is through Farm Bureau so that could be why it is so low. Well and the truck is 12 years old lol.


hm
By LumbergTech on 11/17/2008 5:30:10 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really understand the cynicism of many posters..

it helps you watch many spots by looking at ONE place...

unless im missing something, this does simplify avoiding certain types of accidents




RE: hm
By LumbergTech on 11/17/2008 5:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
one thing i would like to add, i think that this type of thing would require a little bit of training to properly use....i think it would be very effective with driver training, but just unleashing any random idiot with it might not help as much as it could


By Fenixgoon on 11/17/2008 11:46:55 AM , Rating: 2
it's called having two mirrors.

Euro mirrors have the mirror split into two pieces - one covers the standard mirror angle while the other is bent in slightly to cover the blind spot. Basically nothing can get through my mirrors without me seeing, except for motorcycles (I always check my blind spot regardless).

I simply don't understand the incredible length some car companies are taking when having two slightly different pieces of glass works perfectly. And honestly, I'd trust the glass more than some blind spot warning system. TPMS's seem to go bad enough as is.




Pedestrian
By Entropy42 on 11/17/2008 12:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
It looks to me like the pedestrian is on the wrong side of the car in the third image. He's rear-right in the first 2, and then rear-left in the last. Not that it matters, just seemed odd to me. I find all of those images very disorienting to look at. Maybe I would get used to it, but if the "person" wasn't casting that long shadow, you could barely see him.




By corduroygt on 11/17/2008 12:32:28 PM , Rating: 2
So is this an improved version of Infiniti's Around View Monitor?




By spread on 11/17/2008 2:23:08 PM , Rating: 2
I can see a huge market for this.

Some people want to see themselves in a 3rd person view? WOW style.




pedestrian move
By c4xp on 11/18/2008 3:07:12 AM , Rating: 2
In the last image (C) shouldn't the pedestrian be in the left of the picture not right ? If the `rear` shot showed the pedestrian in the right, I would have thought that `front` facing image should show the pedestrian in the left.




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