The automotive vision system is considered to be on the cutting edge of automobile safety. Over the past several years, the growth of in-car cameras has exploded from only a few thousand to millions. The primary driving force behind this growth is a concern for creating a safer driving experience. Currently, there are a variety of different options available, which serve many different purposes.
A front view automobile vision system is primarily designed so that the driver can have a wider and more detailed view of the road ahead. There are currently two primary options for camera placement. The more traditional option is place the camera out in the open on top of the dashboard in the front seat. A newer option is place a small digital camera next to or underneath the license plate. This not only makes it nearly invisible to a passerby, but can also provide a higher level of detail because the camera is closer to the road. Some people consider this to be a more productive option because it provides the driver with a different view of the road.
Another common use of an automotive vision system is to help the driver see behind them and in their blind spots. In most cases, these systems are placed near the rear license plate or the trunk. This provides a wider range of view, plus the ability to see exactly what is behind the vehicle. In many circles, this use of the automotive vision system may end up being the most productive in terms of safety, especially when it comes to parking or backing up.
There are two primary technologies that come into play with this type of system: the camera and the monitor. The monitor is continually getting smaller, while still preserving the support for a high-resolution image. Additional features which are becoming standardized include a self heating system and full waterproofing to extend the life of the camera. There is a wide variety of monitors, although they fall into two basic categories: digital and analog.
This is one area of automotive safety technology that appears to be changing at a very rapid rate. There is a wide variety of different uses for an automotive vision system and they will likely continue to improve in the future. Just like every other type of safety technology, there will likely be some form of standardization over the coming years, and this will likely occur for the two driving technologies – the monitors and the optics.