FotoNation® partners with Kyocera to develop intelligent automotive camera technology

FotoNation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, and the provider of computational imaging and computer vision solutions for consumer and enterprise applications, has partnered with Kyocera to develop advanced, intelligent, vision solutions for automotive applications.

As part of the partnership and using FotoNation technology as a foundation, the two companies will jointly develop advanced computer vision solutions for the automotive market.

More stringent safety regulations and the promise of semi and fully autonomous vehicles are creating tremendous technology demands from automakers and automotive OEMs. By using the solutions that are being jointly developed by FotoNation and Kyocera, automakers and automotive OEMs will not only be able to enhance driver and pedestrian safety, but will also be able to accelerate the adoption of semi and fully autonomous vehicles.

Kyocera is a recognized provider of rear-view cameras systems to the automotive industry. This experience provides Kyocera with a deep understanding of the automotive industry’s future requirements for vision systems. Incorporating higher levels of intelligence into Kyocera’s camera systems will enable Kyocera to bring new, feature-rich products such as surround view cameras to market.

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These technologies will provide a safer driving environment for occupants and pedestrians in urban areas, by enabling cars to see and interact with drivers,” said Norio Okuda, Manager of the Automotive Camera Development Administration Department, Corporate Automotive Components Group at Kyocera Corporation. “FotoNation is focused on delivering complex computational imaging solutions for automotive applications, and together we will develop technologies that will transform the future of driving.

A pioneer in developing advanced computational imaging algorithms, FotoNation provides best-in-class hardware accelerated imaging solutions for a number of automotive applications including driver monitoring systems (DMS), driver identification, surround view, e-mirror, smart rearview cameras and 360 degree occupancy monitoring.

Increasing interest from the automotive industry for vision systems to enhance vehicle safety represents an opportunity for significant growth for FotoNation, driven mainly by adoption of our advanced imaging systems by tier-one automotive suppliers and OEMs,” stated Sumat Mehra, senior vice president of marketing and business development at FotoNation. “Kyocera has a strong reputation as a leading technology innovator, and we are pleased to be working with them as a valued technology partner to bring these cutting-edge vision solutions to market.