Japan – Stereo Camera Adopted in Suzuki’s New Wagon R Smile

Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. has announced the adoption of its stereo camera by Suzuki Motor Corporation for the New Wagon R Smile city car, launched in September 2021.

In a first for Suzuki, the New Wagon R smile adopts a passing assist(1) function to aid in safely passing cars on narrow roads. Hitachi Astemo’s high-precision stereo camera features nighttime pedestrian detection function, and supports various Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) along with Dual Camera Brake Support, which detects pedestrians even at night. It also supports lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control (ACC) capable of following at all speeds,(2) and image-based training data using Hitachi’s proprietary machine learning technology, which is capable of detecting the driving environment with high precision. This state-of-the-art technology significantly improves the car’s ability to detect pedestrians even during night and low-light conditions.

The New Wagon R Smile is categorized by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure as “Safety Support Car S Wide,”(3) the highest safety classification, and is also recognized as an Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS2) certified vehicle as well as a Pedal Misapplication Prevention Device (PMPD) certified vehicle.(4) Hitachi Astemo strives to support Safety Support Cars through its advanced ADAS technology and contribute to not only improving passenger safety, but also preventing traffic accidents that involve pedestrians or bicycles when making a turn.

Hitachi Astemo is committed to creating social, environmental and economic value by providing advanced mobility solutions that contribute to improving safety, comfort and environmental conservation, creating a more sustainable society to improve quality of life and create value for our OEM customers.

(1) Equipped in the vehicles with memory navigation featuring omnidirectional monitor and “Omnidirectional Monitor Camera Package” vehicles
(2) Equipped in “Safety Plus Package” vehicles
(3) One of the classes of Safety support cars equipped with certain driving assistance functions such as advanced safety technology including collision damage mitigation brake. Vehicles classified in “Safety support car S” are equipped with devices such as pedal misapplication prevention device and is particularly recommended for senior drivers. “Safety support car S wide” class applies to vehicles equipped with collision damage mitigation braking (against pedestrian), acceleration control device for pedal misapplication, lane departure warning system and advanced lighting.
(4) Vehicles certified by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, which fulfill particular performance levels of collision damage mitigation braking and sudden acceleration control device for pedal misapplication, as part of measures to prevent accidents.

About Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Hitachi Astemo is a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Hitachi Astemo is a technology company that develops, manufactures, sells and services automotive and transportation components, as well as industrial machinery and systems. For more information, visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachiastemo.com/en

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Densitron announces new technology partnership with Polecam

KENT, UK, 28 September 2020: Densitron, the global leader in innovative Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and display technology, has announced the formation of a new long-term technology partnership with specialist cameras and accessories manufacturer Polecam. The two companies will seek opportunities in the medical market and elsewhere for a versatile integration of Densitron’s IDS (Intelligent Display System) solution with Polecam’s AutoPod+ Elevation unit for cameras and lighting systems.

In combination the two systems provide a powerful solution for filming, monitoring and displaying critical operations and other procedures in hospitals and medical centres. A popular choice for other applications as diverse as live music, motor racing and professional golf broadcast, the AutoPod+ is a remotely operated programmable telescopic elevation unit featuring up to three motorised legs that is ideally suited to the demanding capture requirements of the medical market. In deployment with Densitron’s IDS solution, it allows systems including PTZ cameras and DMX-controlled lighting to be precisely positioned, controlled and adjusted. The IDS solution can also be integrated into a medical centre’s wider AV infrastructure to allow images to be routed to other operational areas – for instance, rendering it unnecessary for some personnel to scrub up in order to check on the progress of an operation – and to educational theatres and training facilities.

Reuben Such, Global Business Development Director at Densitron, explains that the partnership has evolved out of a “growing awareness of the synergy between the two companies, and the steady increase in demand for IP-based capture, control and monitoring in various medical applications. Through conversations between myself and Polecam founder/owner Steffan Hewitt, it became clear that the combination of IDS and their AutoPod+ unit would give medical staff the ability to capture precisely the footage they require, and then have it be viewable on monitors around a facility. The result is a powerful solution that can be used easily by medical staff with a minimum of training.”

A major showcase project is expected to take place at a UK hospital during the next few months. But although the medical market will be the initial primary target for the partnership, Steffan Hewitt anticipates plenty of opportunities elsewhere.

“Medical is absolutely a core market for Polecam, and I know from conversations that have already taken place that this sort of combined capture, control and monitoring solution will resonate strongly there,” he confirms. “But I think that there are many other potential applications for this solution – including for the coverage of live music events in smaller venues, once concerts are able to resume, and capture of sports events for streaming services – and we look forward to exploring those with Densitron in the future.”