LG's making smarter cameras for smarter Benzes

2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Roadster
By Derek Kessler on 25 Dec 2014 06:23 pm

LG is teaming up with Mercedes-Benz to build smarter camera systems for automated driving. Automated driving allows the driver to hand over control to the car, and for that you need a lot of data, which means you need good cameras. And that's where LG's "6D Vision technology" comes into play, putting an array of cameras around the automobile, sensing the environment, vehicles, pedestrians, and the like.

That system includes camera systems for emergency braking, lane-keeping, traffic sign recognition, parking systems, and more. Additionally, the technologies LG and Mercedes-Benz are developing also include driver monitoring cameras that will track attentiveness, drowsiness, and eye position.

There's no word on when we'll expect to see the new camera systems built into new Mercedes-Benz cars, or how much you'll have to pay on top of the standard of a Mercedes-Benz to get these sort of automated tools. But they're coming.

Press release:

LG and Mercedes-Benz collaborate on intelligent cameras system for automated driving

LG to Expand Vehicle Components Business by Partnering with Global Automakers in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

SEOUL, Dec. 26, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) and Mercedes-Benz are jointly exploring the design of next-generation camera systems for automated driving, allowing the driver to transfer some driving tasks to the intelligent vehicle. The collaboration investigates into camera systems for environment perception as well as for driver state monitoring. As part of this collaboration, Mercedes-Benz licensed portions of its 6D Vision technology to LG.

The joint project will enable LG to harness its extensive experience and comprehensive R&D capacity in camera systems, computer vision algorithms and electronics technologies to elevate existing ADAS technologies to the next level. 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 eyes position with high accuracy
  • Surround View Monitoring Systems to assist the driver with parking maneuvers by displaying the environment and detecting obstacles

"Mercedes-Benz is the ideal partner for LG as both companies share a vision of how ADAS technologies can improve the wellbeing and lives of all consumers," said Woo-jong Lee, president and CEO of the LG Vehicle Components Company. "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."

Since its foundation in July 2013, LG's Vehicle Component Company has been dedicated to commercializing eco-friendly automotive components and core automotive solutions based on proprietary electronics technologies.

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LG's making smarter cameras for smarter Benzes