As a natural extension to Mobileye’s FCW feature, the uFCW permits a full speed range of operation of the collision Warning system. Whereas FCW’s purpose is to save lives, the uFCW by virtue of its low speed environment seeks to reduce the incidence of non-fatal ‘fender bender’ accidents.
This scheme uses the concept of a ‘virtual bumper’ which adds a ‘buffer zone’ on top of the known physical bumper location to allow a more appropriate warning scheme to be implemented at the close range. Mobileye is making use of additional vision cues, such as license plate, when driving at close range.
A secondary feature derived from incorporating the uFCW is to be able also to use it’s ‘trigger’ as the heart of a mono-camera Low Speed Collision Mitigation by Braking (CmbB) system, which can replace the current lidar scanners offered on the market for the same scope of functions. This assists the vehicle maker in consolidating the same feature set into the existing camera, and aids in reducing the overall vehicle cost.
Mobileye aims to bring this to production by 2013 and has several projects running for several vehicle makers.
Euro NCAP 2014 rating include vehicle and pedestrian autonomous braking feature in low and high speeds, Mobileye delivers the needed sensing to implement such systems based on camera only.