Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. developed an omni-directional display camera system that can display the periphery of a vehicle as if the image was shot from above.
The system uses four cameras mounted on a vehicle and displays the image on a car navigation screen. It is designed to notify the driver of information on the spots around the car that are likely to be blind spots when parking. Although the schedule for actually mounting the system on vehicles is yet to be determined, the company is aiming at commercializing it within one to two years.
The system is composed of four 250,000-pixel rear view cameras that Panasonic has previously released at a price of 18,000 yen. The cameras are installed on the front, rear, left and right sides of the vehicle.
Signals of images shot with the cameras are supplied to an electronic control unit called an image synthesizing ECU. The supplied signals are processed by the ECU so that the four images are converted into a single one that looks like it is being viewed from above the vehicle.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. developed a similar system under the product name of Around View Monitor. This system will be available as an option on the new Elgrand, slated for launch in the Japanese domestic market in the fall of 2007.