Eyes for automated cars: Bosch works with Sony in new camera technology

  • Cooperation between Bosch and Sony Semiconductor Solutions is intended to enable more precise mapping with video sensors even in difficult light conditions.
  • Know-how in image acquisition and automotive technology flows into innovative video sensors for driver assistance systems and automated driving.


Suddenly blinded, visibility restricted, This is what car drivers experience regularly when driving on a sunny day through the sun. Short-term blind flight is often called for on the way out of a tunnel in the light day due to the light of the daylight. Changing or poor lighting conditions not only present the human eye with challenges, but also video sensors as required for driver assistance systems and automated driving. In order to make the sensors even better, Bosch and Sony Semiconductor Solutions have now agreed to cooperate. Together, both companies want to develop a highly innovative camera technology with which cars can reliably capture their environment even in difficult light conditions.


Better to see in difficult light conditions

In addition to radar and ultrasonic sensors, video sensors are the organs of modern cars. For the realization of driver assistance systems such as an automatic emergency braking system on pedestrians, a tracking assistance system or a traffic sign recognition, cameras are already gaining more and more entry into current vehicle models. The advantage of video sensors lies in the recognition of objects and the information density of the generated images. Bosch has been producing video sensors with mono- and stereo technology for the 360-degree panoramic view for many years in-house and is one of the leading suppliers in this sector for the automotive industry. In the future, video sensors will also be an essential part of the sensor concept for automated driving. For this purpose, Which function reliably from dark to light and vice versa in the event of a rapid change in the light conditions. In addition, they must be able to distinguish quickly and clearly from each other during dramatic differences in brightness. “Only when automating cars capture their surroundings precisely at any time, they can be safely on the road,” says Gerhard Steiger, Chairman of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control business unit.

Source: Bosch


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