Subaru selects ON's image sensing technology

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ON Semiconductor has announced that Subaru has selected its image sensing technology to enable camera-based ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) in the manufacturer's new-generation EyeSight Driver Assist platform.

Subaru's Levorg, a 2020 all-wheel drive sports tourer, will be the first model to offer the new system.

Subrau's EyeSight is well established and is a widely deployed vision-based ADAS solution. The new-generation continues the development of its stereo camera architecture, providing a range of ADAS features including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and pre-collision braking system. As with previous versions of EyeSight, ON's image sensing technology acts as the ‘eyes’ to enable this important safety functionality. The new-generation Eyesight provides additional features such as active lane change assist and an emergency driver stop system.

"We have teamed with ON Semiconductor for every generation of the EyeSight ADAS system and continue to adopt its image sensing technology optimised for image recognition performance in automotive applications with higher resolution," explained Eiji Shibata, general manager, EyeSight development project at Subaru. “Our engineering partnership and technical collaboration on this system are vital to achieving our shared vision of improving safety and achieving ZERO traffic fatalities in the near future.”

“Next-generation vehicles require several different kinds of sensors, including LiDAR, radar, and cameras, comprising the vehicle’s ADAS. These sensors gather data and feed it into a much larger processor (or set of processors) capable of making real-time decisions about what’s happening outside and inside the vehicle, and how the vehicle should respond,” explained Patrick Moorhead, founder, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

To date, ON has shipped over 120 million image sensors into ADAS applications, and the company’s image sensing technology provides the resolution and frame rates that enable automotive camera systems to perform at optimal levels; the High Dynamic Range and flexible exposure ratio control required to ensure performance in all natural lighting conditions; and LED flicker mitigation to prevent interference from artificial light sources.