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.

"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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