More and more vehicles are leaving the production line with features such as adaptive cruise control, lane assist and park assist. ADAS and AD camera systems are playing an increasing role in cars, as part of the advance towards fully self-driving cars.
At the same time, the limited optical quality of the windscreen can hamper this development. Footage from various cameras has to be combined into one image with radar signals. This requires processing power, especially when those images do not exactly reflect reality. One of the restrictions of autonomous driving will be the computing power needed.
To meet this challenge, DK, a company that specialises in making car windows for prototypes and concept car, has developed a unique solution for which they have filed a patent application. This solution, according to the company, can even be implemented in an existing production facility.
DK integrates the camera system into the safety glass improving optical quality of the windscreen by a factor of ten or even twenty in a localised manner, only where it is necessary. This technique also makes it possible to apply LiDAR technology in the car. In short, with this invention, optical limitations to the windscreen no longer form a barrier to the development of increasingly self-driving cars. According to the company its solution is as price-conscious as it is effective.
Source: Press Release