Seoul, South Korea ― LG Electronics and Mercedes-Benz revealed on Christmas Day that they are teaming up to explore the design of next-generation cameras for automated driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Ultimately, the technology would allow the driver to transfer some driving tasks to an intelligent car, the company said.
The collaboration will study the development of camera systems that monitor both the car and road environment and the state of the driver.
Under the agreement, Mercedes-Benz will license portions of its 6D Vision technology to LG, the companies said.
The joint project will enable LG to harness its comprehensive R&D in camera systems, computer vision algorithms and electronics technologies to elevate existing ADAS technologies to the next level, the company said in a statement.
In addition, LG is transferring technologies from its home entertainment and mobile communications businesses into automotive components to offer the best technologies and the highest performance.
Currently, LG’s ADAS portfolio includes the following technologies:
*Forward-looking single and stereo camera systems for autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping assist (LKA), traffic sign recognition (TSR), high beam assist (HBA), as well as pedestrian and bicyclist protection;
*Driver-state monitoring systems to identify the driver’s biometric state, monitor and analyze the driver’s attention or drowsiness level, and even detect the driver’s eye position with high accuracy, and;
*Surround view monitoring systems to assist the driver with parking maneuvers by displaying the environment and detecting obstacles.
In a statement, Woo-jong Lee, LG Vehicle Components president and CEO said: “Mercedes-Benz is the ideal partner for LG as both companies share a vision of how ADAS technologies can improve the well-being and lives of all consumers. As the automobile evolves from a mechanical to an electronic system, LG will be in the perfect position to contribute its experience to the exciting automotive industry.”