Patrice Roulet Fontani, VP, Technology and Co-Founder of Immervision, recently sat down with Carl Anthony, Managing Editor of AutoVision News, to discuss the latest trends in automotive vision systems.  

Immervision was excited to attend, in-person, AutoSens Detroit, and our VP, Technology Patrice Roulet Fontani spoke to the attendees in his session ’Specifying, simulating and designing super-wide-angle lens to improve machine perception’. 

While at the show, we had numerous existing and new partners at our booth on the show floor. We got to interact with automotive companies focusing on improving automotive vision systems, meet with customers, and see first-hand the growing trends that OEMs and Tier 1 automotive manufacturers are dealing with. 

Here is some of the latest automotive vision systems updates Patrice shared in his interview with AutoVision News Managine Editor, Carl Anthony. 

Automotive Vision systems are becoming more complex  

One of the main themes we saw for Tier 1’s Automotive manufacturers, is that the computer vision and machine learning needs for vehicles are increasing. Back in 2008 when Immervision developed the first wide-angle camera with smart pixel management, the main application was back-up camera providing a complete view with augmented resolution.  

Today, vehicles now have cameras on the outside of a car offering a complete view around the vehicle and multiple in-cabin cameras to ensure a safe and personalized experience for both the driver and passengers.  

This requires a multidisciplinary team of optical designers and machine learning engineers to design vision systems that are completely customized to the needs of perception applications. Not only is lens and vision system expertise required, but they must have experience working with the entire pipeline to offer improved image quality and enhanced features.  

The Automotive Industry is changing 

Another trend we saw was how the industry has evolved and changed over the past ten to twenty years. Cameras, once built for human vision, now must conform to machine standards and work interoperably. The lens’ and camera module’s ability to connect with AI and sensors in the car is critical, particularly for applications like ADAS, in-cabin monitoring, and mirror replacement sensors. These driver applications are considerably more complicated and usually necessitate specific software.  

To ensure efficiency and optimization, automotive manufacturers need to find not only quality camera and vision system, but then ensure the software functions with the vision system and integration into the vehicle. Ideally, they are looking for image processing software that can stitch seamlessly multiple cameras outside the automobile to provide 360-degree perception for ADAS or park assistance. 

OEMs want a complete vision solution  

It is always refreshing to witness the appreciation and appealing nature new and existing customers have for Immervision’s unique offering.  

When people are looking for a fresh inventive path, they frequently contact us early in the development phase or when they are in need of an innovative approach during the design phase. Customers can use our Innovation Lab simulation tool to evaluate project assumptions, allowing them to rethink designs without having to go through the time-consuming process of creating samples or revising current designs, which when building an automobile can be an arduous task.  

Immervision’s ability to deliver a completely personalized solution to the needs of a car manufacturer with smart pixel management that produces superior quality data sets it apart from many other firms in the area. 

Want to find out more? Watch Patrice Roulet Fontani’s full interview with Carl Anthony, Managing Editor of AutoVision News, here. 

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