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Three Fujitsu engineers who developed technologies for a wraparound view monitor system have been awarded the Contribution Prize of the Ichimura Prizes in Industry. The awards ceremony was held on Friday, April 18th at the Hotel Okura Tokyo.
The Ichimura Prizes in Industry, organized by The New Technology Development Foundation and now in their 46th year, are presented annually to researchers or groups who make a significant contribution to industry by developing exceptional industrial technology in Japan.
On-vehicle camera monitoring systems have previously been brought to market seeking to reduce pedestrian accidents when reversing a motor vehicle and to support drivers when parking. However, there was a need for technology that could display images from a wider field of view, eliminating blind spots for increased safety and peace of mind.
The Fujitsu award winners developed a "wraparound view monitor technology" which utilizes 3D computer graphic processing to combine images of the direct periphery around a vehicle and provide a 360 degree view of a wider area including views of the background using four on-vehicle cameras. This fresh approach and advanced camera monitoring system allows the driver to see displays from any direction and enables the driver is to change the perspective of the image in a smooth manner.
The technology makes it possible to display peripheral objects and one's spatial relation with other vehicles from the optimum viewpoint in a manner that is easy to understand. This type of wide field of view and added visibility of peripheral objects was not possible with previous products. It creates a driver support system and especially effective in generating images to support the driver such as when looking out for oncoming traffic and pedestrians at intersections and checking rear safety when changing lanes. As such, the technology introduces a greater level of drive safety.
Award certificate of Ichimura Prizes in Industry - Contribution Prizes
Award winners (3 persons from left to right)
Seiya Shimizu, Media Processing Systems Laboratories, FUJITSU LABORATORIES LTD.
Masami Mizutani, Research Manager, Media Processing Systems Laboratories, FUJITSU LABORATORIES LTD.
Kazumasa Kameda, Section Chief, View System Engineering Section, AS Engineering Group, FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
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