Subaru sees you

Working with technology used in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, Subaru is trying to give its cars sight.

Working with technology used in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, Subaru is trying to give its cars sight. A display at Subaru's 2007 Geneva auto show booth shows how two cameras can produce stereo-optic vision, which can be processed to show how far objects are away from the car. In the demonstration, the single image processed from the two cameras identifies people and other cars and uses a color coding system to show how far they away they are. If this system were deployed in a car, the car could let the driver know if he or she is about to hit a pedestrian or a less movable object. Or the car could just hit the brakes for the driver, all depending on how intrusively the system is designed. Subaru has no plans to deploy the system any time soon--the display just lets the world know the company has the technology.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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