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3D Surround View Board Lowers Cost For Parking Assist Systems

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Renesas and automotive software provider Cogent Embedded have collaborated on developing a 3D surround view solution to assist drivers during parking or low speed maneuvers. The solution, said the firms, eliminates the need to use a GPU, thereby enabling system developers to create power-efficient 3D surround view parking assist systems at low cost.

New ‘Parking Assist System’ solution from Renesas and Cogent Embedded combines customizable 3D Surround View Software and R-Car V3M

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 customizable software on a reference board.

On-demand customization services can also be provided by Cogent Embedded to enable system developers to concentrate on developing application software to differentiate their systems.

“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 maneuvering the vehicle to park and to alert the driver to obstacles in its path that may not be immediately visible”, the company noted in the Press release.

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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Samples of the R-Car V3M SoC and reference board will be delivered by Renesas and will be available from December 2017. Cogent’s software will be available from Q4 2017 onwards.

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