Continental's 360-Degree Camera System Goes Next Level With 3D
19 Août 2014 - Autoblog
Automotive camera technology has gone from providing low-res, grainy images from a single perspective to practically photo quality from any angle, in just a few years.
There's no stopping the march of progress, though, because Continental is already demoing what it thinks is the next evolution of the tech that gives a true birds-eye-view.
The German auto supplier's new system creates a fully 360-degree, 3D view of your vehicle and shows any obstacles surrounding it to aid in parking. While this is similar to Around View Monitor from Nissan, Continental's tech has no blind spots and can actually spin around the car, if necessary. The key to it is four, fisheye cameras that are mounted at the front, rear and in the mirrors to provide a complete perspective. A special processor then stitches them all together into a single image.
Continental's stitching tech should hit the market "fairly soon," according to spokesperson Christian Schumacher in the video. Though, embedding it in the rearview mirror like it is here still isn't quite as realistic. "As for the image stitching technology, we cannot discuss specific timing or potential customer information," said a company spokesperson to Autoblog. The fact that the demo car is a Lincoln MKZ may hint at where we might see this first, though.