360° wraparound view system incorporates approaching-object detection

May 21, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Fujitsu Semiconductor 's MB86R24 is one of the company's third-generation high-performance graphic SoCs for automotive applications. The chip also enables centralised control of display information for different driving situations

Featuring improved CPU and GPU performance for faster processing and sharper image rendering, MB86R24 comes equipped with six full HD input channels and three display output channels, allowing for greater flexibility in input/output control. Fujitsu Semiconductor has, for the first time, been able to incorporate the Approaching Object Detection functionality, which notifies drivers of nearby people, bicycles and other objects-into the 360° Wraparound View System that allows drivers to check their entire surroundings in 3D from any angle.

The product will also enable the development of integrated human machine interface (HMI) systems that consolidate and provide centralised control over a variety of onboard vehicle information. Until now, the display of such information on multiple screens has been controlled independently for each screen. MB86R24 will, Fujitsu says, significantly help in improving safety, comfort and peace of mind for automobiles, as well as for home and industrial applications that are becoming increasingly important.

The 360° Wraparound View System uses cameras facing forward, backward, left, and right to synthesise a 3D model of the environment and then display the surroundings from any perspective. Last year, Fujitsu Semiconductor developed a 360° wraparound view system that employed a second-generation MB86R10 series graphics SoC and also worked with megapixel cameras. As systems such as this, which give clear visual confirmation of a vehicle's surroundings, grow in popularity, there will be increasing expectations for additional functionality that reduces the likelihood of driver oversights while promoting safer, more confident driving.

MB86R24 boasts roughly double the CPU performance and five times the GPU performance of its second-generation predecessor, delivering sharper images and the ability to view surroundings from any perspective. The chip also features Approaching Object Detection; the proximity detection algorithm was developed jointly with Fujitsu Laboratories, and is the first implementation as part of a 360° wraparound view system.

In recent years, the amount of information shared between drivers, vehicles and the outside world has been steadily growing.