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George.Bitar
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George.Bitar   1/26/2011 3:37:28 PM
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Common usage of this technology is inevitable, for driving. Commercial vehicles already run DVR for liability. And this algorithmic offering pushes past the bird's eye by a quantum leap, even factoring in driver distraction. Consider that "drive by wire" is firmly entrenched (potentiometer as accelerator control), and relatively speaking, I would adapt to camera use, psychologically long before I'd get rid of physical brake linkage ("brake by wire"). People are going to start driving only by viewing the camera, as they text. That is, until sufficient networking between vehicle and comm devices prevents this kind of thing. It's all coming.

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Luis Sanchez   12/22/2010 9:55:26 PM
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Wow! I'm impressed! This really looks useful and perhaps this might become a good seller soon. Good question from Rich K. Is the image processing difficult? I suppose the algorithms aren't that complex but the processing hardware must be powerful in order to complete a merge of the images in real time for the viewer. But perhaps 4 cameras wouldn't be the best option and cost wise 3 might be enough... consider the blind spots only. I'll be on the watch out for this and remember I saw it on EETimes first.

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K1200LT Rider   12/21/2010 2:50:46 PM
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This system would be great if it could switch between or combine visible and infra-red images. I'd like it on my vehicles, but I'm trying to figure out where all the cameras would be mounted to get a clear view without obstructions. Most rear windows have those horizontal heating elements in them. So, are the cameras mounted externally? If so, they'll have to be cleaned regularly if they don't have some kind of a fancy little self-cleaning mechanism. Lots to think about and overcome in real-world use. About the image integration hurdle: I think blending images well and then creating a virtual 3-D view would be quite difficult to get working correctly if you are starting from scratch on your own. I think you would have to be quite good at image processing and have a knack for figuring out what clues in the images to use for the 2D-to-3D algorithms. Since each camera installation is unique (relative camera positioning and aiming), each system would have to go through a calibration of some sort, so coming up with the calibration process alone might be very challenging.

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thinkski   12/19/2010 9:37:01 PM
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Security and surveillance applications were briefly mentioned, but the market may be larger than implied. A 360-degree view of a vehicle leading up to an accident could be useful to insurance companies. Or perhaps someday Google StreetView will include live streaming video, captured in real-time from a mesh/5G network of vehicles equipped with 360-degree view systems. That would be Orwellian, but cool! People tend to behave better when they know they're being watched, in general.

Rick DeMeis
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Rick DeMeis   12/17/2010 3:36:51 AM
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This is interesting technology, but it is up to the Tier 1s and OEMs to implement it in a useful display that doesn't distract the driver.

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