Sony Corp announced that it will actively cooperate with major automakers, electric equipment makers, semiconductor manufacturers, etc in the field of automotive image sensors for ADASes (advanced driver assistance systems) and automatic driving at a press conference that took place prior to the opening of CES 2018.
Sony has already announced its partnerships with Robert Bosch GmbH, Denso corp, Israel-based Mobileye. This time, it newly tied up with Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, The Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motor Corp and Nvidia Corp.
At a press conference at CES 2014, Sony mentioned automotive image sensors. At that time, the company only announced that it would focus on automotive image sensors, but, this time, it took some time to introduce its efforts in the field of automotive image sensors and the direction of their evolution.
In addition, Sony had a demonstration using next-generation image sensors that it is currently developing. This is the first time that the company has demonstrated an automotive image sensor in its booth at CES, indicating that it is putting energy into automotive image sensors.
Capable of taking image of sign located 180m away
At its booth, Sony had a demonstration by using mainly three kinds of automotive image sensors. First, with a sensor whose sensitivity was enhanced by increasing pixel size, the company took clear images in a dark place with a brightness of about 0.05lx.