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Denso Auto ImagingWhy you'll be glad your next car can "see," and what it will be looking for.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:11 >> Well, there we are driving through downtown Tokyo on a beautiful sunny day. It looks like your typical out the windshield view, doesn't it? But to certain automotive technology makers like DENSO it's a minefield of potential driving disasters, so they're showing here image recognition. A lot of companies are chasing this idea right now but these guys are a very serious supplier to the auto maker so they have the car maker's ear, let's see what they're showing. Now, we've heard about systems that could detect speed limit signs. If I put this under the camera lens you see how the computer can detect that, it's based on shape and placement. But what about things like a vehicle in front of you whose tail lights might come on telling the car that that car is about to slow even if you are busy looking at the bird up in the tree, and, of course, on-coming vehicles that might be about to turn into your path could be worth processing with the visual equipment and things of that nature all around including pedestrians entering a crosswalk. Now, what a vehicle does with this information is the next step. Does it warn you with sound as you hear or alerts on the dash? Does it take control of some of the systems of the vehicle to moderate your acceleration or braking or does it really get involved and go into a pre-collision panic mode to really tighten up the seat belts, prep the airbags, synch down on the brakes, that's up to each auto maker and supplier to tune. And since everything in a car these days is tied together on a network it's not hard to get this visual information sent to a system that has to do something with it. But this is definitely coming it's not if, it's when. ^E00:01:41