Characteristics and operation principle of the multi purpose camera generation 2
The sensor in the multi purpose camera consists of the optical system and a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) color image sensor with a wide dynamic range. The optical system in focuses incoming light onto the CMOS color image sensor. The sensor converts the brightness and color information into electrical image signals. These signals are then processed further by a powerful computing unit integrated into the camera’s housing. A separate control unit is not necessary.
The multi purpose camera features redundant lane detection algorithms for safety functions (ASIL-B) and satisfies legal requirements set out in UN regulation UN-ECE R130 concerning the lane departure warning system (LDWS) in Europe alongside a multitude of other regional functions mandated by local laws. In addition, the camera supports object-based functions for automatic emergency braking by supplying a fusion ECU with relevant information through the integrated system interface.
The camera is a cornerstone of driver information and comfort functions like intelligent headlight control and road sign information, including fusion with digital map information. In combination with the connected horizon, the camera supports future legal requirements set out by the General Safety Regulation (GSR) concerning the intelligent speed limit assist (ISA).
A special camera variant contains an event-based recording function that is specifically intended for the North American market. These video recordings can be exported via an additional (USB) interface or made available to a Connectivity Control Unit (CCU) for mobile transmission.