"As accidents at intersections account for about a half of all traffic fatalities, preventive measures are required to avoid collisions there involving cars, pedestrians and cyclists. Panasonic's new radar technology enables traffic monitoring sensors at intersections to detect pedestrians and bicycles up to 40 meters ahead even at nighttime and under bad weather conditions that hinder the driver's visibility. By alerting the driver of the presence of pedestrians in the crosswalk or bicycles in blind spots, this technology helps to reduce the driver's burden and traffic accidents. Panasonic's new automotive radar technology has overcome the difficulties with conventional millimeter-wave radar technologies; the advanced radar technology is capable of detecting humans and cars simultaneously in spite of the fact that human body reflects extremely weak radar signals compared with car body. This innovative radar technology has also achieved high detection performance with a range resolution of less than 50cm and an angular resolution of 5 degrees, which enables to detect pedestrians and vehicles. Furthermore, unlike optical and infrared cameras and laser sensors, whose detection performance can be significantly affected by visibility conditions, this new radar technology will not be subject to such conditions as nighttime, rain, snow or dense fog."
This is very cool. I hope this will prevent alot more accidents in intersections.
How will this new radar tell me about the pedestrian? will the radar have its own special little light now at intersections??
This is exactly the type of technology that cars need. Sensor nets are what will allow cars to safely be autonomous and are a step in the right direction.
@omegadraco, my thoughts exactly when i first saw the headline of this article. I thought Samsung had intergrated this radar into the car to detect humans and vehicles. I thought would be really cool escpecially for reverse mode for those with kids around.
Well several divisions of manufacturers are testing auto pilot methods right now Cadillac being the first that comes to mind. Either way with a usage like that widening the detection field like this in a circle of and area of the vehicle is very smart.
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