Vehicular 3D surround view: a system standard?

19 September 2017

3D surround view in cars | Credit: Renesas Electronics and Cogent Embedded
3D surround view in cars | Credit: Renesas Electronics and Cogent Embedded

Introducing a 3D surround view that assists drivers’ parking and low speed manoeuvres – requiring no graphics processing unit (GPU), from Renesas Electronics and Cogent Embedded Inc.

Designed for parking assist systems in entry- and mid-level cars, the new solution combines the Renesas R-Car V3M system-on-chip (SoC), which incorporates a dedicated image rendering unit (IMR) that delivers realistic 360-degree surround view, with Cogent’s customisable software on a reference board. The solution eliminates the need to use a GPU, thereby enabling system developers to create power-efficient 3D surround view parking assist systems at low cost. On-demand customisation services can also be provided by Cogent Embedded to enable system developers to concentrate on developing application software to differentiate their systems.
Said Artemi Ivanov, President of Cogent Embedded Inc., “The R-Car V3M SoC provides the right set of functions for entry- to mid-level surround view to run efficiently our state-of-the-art 3D surround view with pedestrian detection, cross-traffic-alert and lane tracking algorithms, an ideal combination of surround view and computer vision features.”
It is necessary for next-generation 3D surround view systems to achieve not only display functionality but also object recognition. Surround view is a vehicle camera system that provides an all-round panorama view and assists the driver when parking. A control display on the vehicle’s interior control panels shows data from surround view cameras and offers the driver a realistic 360-degree surround view, to assist in manoeuvring the vehicle to park and to alert the driver to obstacles in its path that may not be immediately visible.

The R-Car V3M is equipped with an integrated image signal processor (ISP), the IMR for low-power image rendering, and the IMP-X5 computer vision engine. It delivers robust functional safety and high-performance at low-power consumption required for use in smart camera applications, surround view systems and LIDARs, including NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) features.

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