KARIYA, Japan — Global automotive supplier DENSO has developed a smaller and more cost-effective laser radar, which is an active safety technology that will help avoid low-speed collisions. DENSO’s new laser radar is used as a sensor for the Smart Assist System * on the Daihatsu Move, a compact vehicle released in the Japanese market last December.
“We think this particular safety technology will be important in gaining consumer acceptance of other safety technologies,” said Ron Schubert, director of Body Component Systems at DENSO International America Inc., in Southfield, Mich. “Because this radar helps avoid accidents that occur at lower speeds, like 5-15 mph, consumers can begin to trust and want technologies that help avoid higher-speed collisions.”
A Smaller Laser Radar:
As automakers have been accelerating efforts to develop systems to avoid collisions and reduce impact when a collision can’t be avoided, sensors for these technologies must be balanced in terms of performance, size and cost for respective vehicle models and systems. With this in mind, DENSO was able to reduce the overall size of the new radar to allow it to be easily adaptable across vehicle models and systems
To consolidate space, the newly developed laser radar features a simpler laser beam generation mechanism than previous versions. Also, the electronic control unit was integrated into the signal processing boards, which were typically separate parts. Additionally, DENSO was able to reduce the overall size of the radar by using a smaller lens.
In an effort to eliminate traffic accidents, DENSO has developed and commercialized other safety technologies that protect occupants and prevent accidents under the motto of “Everyday Confidence, Extraordinary Safety.” DENSO is committed to developing and refining technologies, to help create a safer automotive society for people worldwide.
*Smart Assist System consists of four technologies: (1) Brakes that assist low-speed crash avoidance, (2) Gas pedal misoperation control, (3) Informs of motion of vehicle in front, (4) VSC and TRC. DENSO’s laser radar will be used for technologies (1), (2) and (3), to detect obstacles in front of the vehicle.
DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com, or visit our media website at www.densomediacenter.com.
Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people at 28 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 26 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 10,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.
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