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Not the Eye But the Heart for ADAS Vision: Analog Devices Enables Mass Deployments of Camera-Based ADAS

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By Peter Voss, Marketing Manager for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Analog Devices
This article was originally published by Hanser Automotive Magazine. It is reprinted here with the permission of the original publisher.


Making the automotive environment safer by reducing injuries and fatalities is always a hot topic of the automotive industry, an aspiration that's only gated by the availability of commercially deployable technology. Active Safety Systems, also known as ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems), present a major emerging market trend. The next major technology innovation after ABS (anti-lock braking systems) and stability control systems, which can be considered standard today, ADAS is rapidly gaining adoption. Analog Devices has just introduced the Blackfin® BF60x family of processors with a "Pipelined Vision Processor" (PVP) targeted at automotive ADAS Vision applications in support of the newly increased Euro NCAP car safety demands, while enabling customer products to achieve ISO26262 compliance.


Vision-based ADAS deployments are not new; they have already been found in cars for a number of years, with many of our customers deploying multiple Blackfin-based ADAS vision systems. However, deployments up to this point are still moderate in volume and, with few exceptions, are seen as customer options on premium brands only. Multiple reasons exist for the slow start. The technology available was expensive, vehicle manufacturers could not find automotive-ready hardware that complied with the automotive temperature and power consumption specifications, and qualified support was difficult to find.

In addition, no clear performance guidelines were available and, as a result, these systems were not recognized in the overall car safety ratings. From the end customer point of view, the added value of such systems were not acknowledged by the time the driver configured and ordered his new vehicle. Or, when it...