Some traffic studies say if drivers reacted half a second earlier, approximately half of all accidents could be avoided. Mobileye N.V. is among the suppliers attempting to provide alerts that let drivers know there's a situation that could lead to an accident. Its vision-based advanced driver assistance systems can be used in lane-departure warning systems, which are sometimes called a virtual rumble strip, that warns drivers when they're drifting from their lane. STMicroelectronics is providing system-on-chip technologies that add processing capabilities to the vision sensor. The EyeQ2 vision technology can also be used for adaptive headlight control, traffic sign recognition, forward-collision warning and collision avoidance through radar/camera fusion, which can drastically reduce the number of accidents.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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