Sep 102010


Before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way right up front – nothing is ever going to stop cars from running into things.

Until drivers are taken out of the equation completely, accidents will always happen. Nonetheless, Dutch tech company Mobileye has declared that with the release of its new C2-270 collision warning system, “an end to motor vehicle collisions [is] now in sight.” This system warns drivers of dangerously-close cars, alerts them when drifting out of their lane and includes a Pedestrian Collision Warning component.

The Mobileye C2-270 system consists of a windshield-mounted 640 x 480 CMOS camera, connected to a dash-mounted display unit. The camera monitors the road in front of the vehicle when the car is in motion, and detects imminent forward collisions via its EyeQ2 algorithmic system-on-a-chip (EyeQ2 has been in use in vehicles from BMW, GM, Volvo and Nissan since 2007). The driver is alerted through flashing color-coded icons and an audible alarm, and has up to 2.7 seconds in which to respond – the system itself doesn’t apply the brakes, or steer the car out of harm’s way.

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