TRW advanced camera solutions provide safety systems such as forward collision warning (FCW), following distance indication (FDI) and lane departure warning (LDW). These functions are realized with a forward-looking monocular camera mounted at the windshield in the region of the rearview mirror.
ZF TRW's lane departure warning system uses video camera technology, and can be integrated with electrically powered steering to enable haptic feedback for active lane keeping assist. The video camera detects when the vehicle is drifting toward the lane markings and the electric steering provides the driver with gentle guidance through the steering wheel to stay in the lane.
The camera-based forward collision warning identifies the closest object in the vehicle’s path and determines its scale change. Whenever size and optical growth of this object indicate a potential collision, a warning is given to the driver. A different warning will be given when driving too close to the impeding vehicle (FDI).
On top of these safety functions, the camera can also provide comfort features like automatic high-beam control and speed limit sign recognition. It can also be used to support the additional option of pedestrian detection.
When fused with radar, the camera enables automatic emergency braking due to complete redundant detection and situation analysis.