On many new vehicle models, drivers have little visibility with regard to their immediate surroundings. Side and rear windows are becoming increasingly small, while the exterior shape of vehicles is dictated by aerodynamics and pedestrian safety, meaning precise, secure maneuvering and parking are almost impossible.
Valeo’s multi-camera system helps the driver by providing a view of the vehicle’s environment. Miniature cameras record the surroundings and transmit the images to an intelligent control unit, which processes them and optimizes them before displaying them on the vehicle’s color screen.
The 360Vue® system offers the driver different views, including an aerial view of the vehicle, providing a complete vision of the immediate environment. Another feature is the “cross traffic” perspective which enables the driver to see around corners, which is very useful at a junction without visibility, or when exiting a car park.
This technology equips today Audi A6, BMW X6 and Range Rover Evoque. Do you think it will be embedded in urban vehicles in the future? Because, according to me the feature offered doesn’t seem to match with the purpose of the mentioned vehicles.