Hitachi Automotive Systems’ stereo camera, with lane keep assist and night-time pedestrian detection features, has been adopted by Suzuki Motor Corporation for its XBEE. Launched in October 2020, the XBEE is a mini passenger vehicle with enhanced safety features.
In recent years, the adoption of collision avoidance braking systems in automobile safety design has accelerated due to their effectiveness in mitigating traffic accidents. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) plana to make it mandatory for all new passenger vehicles produced in Japan to have collision avoidance brakes from 2021.
The XBEE is the first Suzuki vehicle to adopt a Lane Keep Assist Function which keeps the vehicle close to the centre of the lane. Other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) adopted in the XBEE include Adaptive Cruise Control and Dual Camera Brake Support, an automatic brake system which can detect pedestrians even at night. These features are supported by Hitachi Automotive Systems' stereo camera with night-time pedestrian detection. The stereo camera leverages Hitachi's unique machine learning technology, making it possible to detect pedestrians at night with a high level of precision.
Furthermore, this XBEE is categorised as a Support Car S Wide vehicle, which Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and MLIT are promoting domestically for widespread use. The XBEE is also an MLIT AEBS Certified Vehicle. Hitachi Automotive Systems supports such safety support vehicles with its advanced ADAS technologies and will continue to contribute to the prevention of traffic accidents.