Veoneer's 4th generation stereo vision camera system is comprised of fully integrated hardware and perception software as well as a number of additional features to enable highly automated driving. The system combines the inputs of a stereo camera and a 77 GHz radar system as sensing elements. The camera, mounted behind the rear-view mirror, monitors the forward path of the vehicle to provide a constant low of high-resolution images to the vehicle control system. The system processes and classifies 3D objects (vehicles, motorbikes, pedestrians, lanes, landmarks, signals, posts, etc.) under a variety of weather conditions. In addition, it uses Convolutional Neural Network technology for free space and small obstacle detection to maneuver through construction areas and within road boundaries.
The camera data is supplemented by data from the company’s new 77GHz radar system. Such systems provide not only a more exact image of the surroundings, Veoneer also claims that this radar enables a more reliable and accurate situational awareness of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists as input to the vehicle safety system. The radar design uses super-pulse modulation techniques for enhanced perception and operates at a distance up to 150-meters with high range resolution and better angular accuracy than earlier systems. In the rear corners of their field-of-view, these radars have 50% more range to detect motorcycles and over 100% more range in the front corners.
Veoneer is announcing that this new system will be deployed in a “global premium automaker”. As usual in such cases, the company did not unveil the name of the customer. However, it is known that Daimler is one of its largest customers, second only to Honda. Other major Veoneer customers that meet the “premier” criterion include BMW and Volvo.