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Interview with Panasonic Automotive

Ahead of IS Auto Europe 2020: Perception Systems we spoke with Dr. Markus Adameck, General Manager from Panasonic about his upcoming presentation, ADAS challenges, industry advancements and more.

Q. You will be speaking on: driving a passive camera sensor into its limits to perform like an active sensor for automated parking – can you give some insight into what delegates will hear in your presentation?

A big part of the automotive industry is focusing right now on market drivers like green driving, safety and comfort. Autonomous driving supports all of them to reduce CO2 reduction, make the car safer, and increase the comfort for driver and passengers. For autonomous vehicles of Level 3-5, we have not yet achieved sufficient environmental sensing for scenery understanding. Laser, radar and sonar are the dominant active sensors in today’s vehicles. Cameras as passive sensors are not fully considered to support the environmental 3D perception yet, as they deliver 2D images and not 3D information. Time of Flight cameras can do that in principal, but as active sensors for environmental sensing under all weather conditions they have disadvantages concerning range, power consumption and resolution.

The presentation shows a study, how the image data from of a monocular, wide angle, passive, 2D, megapixel camera can be used for 3D environmental sensing.

Q. What do you think will be the biggest challenges to the ADAS and AD industry in the next 12-24 months? How do you think the conference agenda addresses these?

The big challenge for AD is to get control over the whole information processing pipeline from data acquisition, data processing, data fusion and data analysis, to ensure right conclusions in all driving situations. The conference focuses on the gaps between different sensor principals to validate applications.

Q. What do you think will be some of the most interesting advancements in ADAS and AD in the near future?

Data fusion, information extraction and real meaningful validation. Most companies have strong experience in either one or another sensor system, or vehicle control or powertrain, motion control, or data mining. But almost no supplier or manufacturer has detailed experience of all the necessary components, the fusion as full system supplier. The biggest advancements in near future will be, to bring the right companies and people together in order to create efficient composed systems, without losing IP, know-how of scalability, capability of growth and competition.

Q. What are you most looking forward to about attending the IS Auto Europe: Perception Systems Conference?

I am always monitoring the market for companies and people, who search and find local as well global minima for the lowest: size, weight, power consumption, false positive, false negative, data bandwidth, processing time, complexity, number of components, time to market and price.