Advances in imaging technology have led to the adoption of cameras in cars, and iCatch Technology (iCatch) is at the fore in imaging-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) solutions.
Among all ADAS, the electronic mirror is one of the fastest growing technology which is widely adopted in both pre-market and aftermarket for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. An electronic mirror replaces traditional rear and side view mirrors by using cameras and monitors in conjunction. Video streams captured by camera modules installed around the vehicle are fed into multiple screens for the driver to monitor traffic conditions. The main advantages of an electronic mirror over a conventional mirror are a wider field of view, reduced blind spot, improved low-light visibility and reduced drag. Some automakers have begun offering the electronic mirror as optional equipment on certain car models and it is expected to become standard equipment on newly designed electric vehicles in the near future. Based on this market trend, iCatch has invested research and development resources in electronic mirror application in the past five years and prepared reliable comprehensive solutions for customers to ensure driving safety and speed to market.
iCatch’s AI Imaging SoC has already been certified by the leading brand names of dashboard cameras in Japan and Taiwan to offer 2-in-1 Dash Cam + Electronic Mirror Combo solutions that entered mass production starting in 2021. These bundled solutions do not replace the traditional rearview mirror Only with electronic mirror, but also integrate video recording capability to simultaneously record videos in front and behind vehicles. This system architecture is expected to further penetrate the dashboard camera market due to its improved visibility and convenience. iCatch also cooperates with automakers in China to design a multi-camera electronic side-view mirror solution for commercial vehicles. The system includes two cameras with a different field of view on each side to eliminate blind spot and cover near and far vision. The product is currently undergoing real-world testing and is expected to enter mass production after testing is completed.
Visibility and low latency are two important factors to consider for electronic mirror application. The iCatch AI Imaging SoC is specifically designed to address these two issues to enhance user experience and driving safety. The Image Signal Processor (ISP) inside the SoC can support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and LED Flicker Mitigation (LFM) 120dB to overcome harsh lighting under high contrast environment and reduce LED flicker caused by the car headlight behind the vehicle. . iCatch has also improved the image processing pipeline within the SoC to significantly reduce video latency from camera to display. iCatch’s SoC enables electronic mirror systems with video latency under 50ms – 50% lower latency than generic solutions currently on the market. In other words, the glass-to-glass response time will give us a safety distance response time of 1.4 meters at a speed of 100 km / h. Moreover, with a deep learning accelerator built inside the SoC, iCatch also developed an internal AI Blind Spot Detection (BSD) algorithm to detect objects, such as cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians, and send a warning to the driver when there is potential danger. This additional security feature is expected to be marketed from 2023.
As vehicle equipment begins to transition from mechanical to electronic solutions, system reliability is a top priority by auto manufacturers. As the electronic mirror slowly penetrates from the aftermarket to the pre-market, the reliability of the SoC is addressed and emphasized by the auto industry as any system malfunction will endanger the safety of the occupants. Therefore, iCatch Technology will continue to invest in research and development resources to improve the design of the SoC in order to provide the SoC with better reliability and system redundancy to meet the requirements of the international functional safety standard ISO26262.
iCatch technology that leads the development of electronic mirror and ADAS.