Renault to develop ADAS with Chronocam's neuromorphic vision sensors

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Renault is working with French image sensor start-up Chronocam to apply Chronocam’s sensing technology to Renault’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Chronocam’s approach to computer vision is based on neuromorphic vision sensing and processing, emulating biological vision by reacting to what is happening in the scene and acquiring only the necessary information. The image sensors capture a continuous stream of data, with each pixel optimising the sampling of the image information based on the characteristics of the signal.

Renault previously announced an investment in Chronocam’s Series B round of funding, which raised $15 million. Chronocam was also selected as the most promising start-up at the investment conference Inpho Venture Summit in October.

The Chronocam technology when used in ADAS gives quicker detection of people and obstacles, the ability to adapt to different environmental and contextual conditions, and lower overall cost of implementation.

The two companies will work together to apply Chronocam’s technology to areas such as collision avoidance, driver assistance, pedestrian protection, blind spot detection and other critical functions to improve vehicle safety and efficiency.

‘With the ambition to become one of the first brands to offer “eyes-off/hands-off” technology on mainstream vehicles at affordable price, we’re pleased to work with Chronocam on an innovative computer vision technology in order to bring to Renault customers safer and more affordable ADAS and progressively autonomous driving systems,’ said Gaspar Gascon, executive vice president, product engineering, Groupe Renault.

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