Wing Camera AI for a Leading Tier-1


The Challenge

A leading Tier-1 automotive company wanted to add Wing Camera AI to their Camera Monitoring Systems (CMS) to primarily reduce accidents but also to comply with new legislation coming in. They needed not only a comprehensive solution, but also a solution that would add benefits to trucks and the truck drivers themselves. Maneuvering a truck with a trailer in parking lots, small streets, or docking bays often poses a challenge to even the most experienced of drivers. Many factors have to be calculated in real-time and mistakes can lead to damage to the truck and its surroundings. In Europe alone there are over 4,000 commercial vehicle accidents with pedestrians and cyclists a year. 72% of these accidents were caused by the truck turning across a cyclist’s path due to a lack of visibility in the blind spot areas.

This leading Tier-1 manufacturer of wing cameras and CMS found Brodmann17 and contracted them to provide their AI to advanced vision systems.  The Engineering and R&D teams worked collaboratively to take high field of view camera video images and process utilizing compute-light deep learning AI algorithms. The project’s objective was to reduce accidents by creating auto-alerts to vehicle drivers for blind spot detection, safe turn assist, and lane keeping assist. 

The Solution: Wing Camera AI

Brodmann17’s developed a wing mirror that uses a camera with Vision-AI object detection and classification that aids truck drivers in blind-spot detection, enabling safe turns, and providing lane-keep assistance. The Wing Camera AI replaces the truck’s traditional rear and side-view mirrors (Class II and IV) and provides enhanced real-time visibility, and view-panning according to the trailer position.

Key Features

Brodmann17's Wing Camera AI Key Features

Blind Spot Alert: Ensures there are no vehicles either in, or moving into, the blind spot areas of the vehicle as they make a maneuver which may change their position on the road.

Safe Turn Assist: Provides warnings to drivers if there is a cyclist or pedestrian positioned next to the vehicle which could be hit as it turns.

Lane Keep Assist (LKA): The wing cameras have a better view of the lanes than the front facing camera. Therefore lane-detection and classification in the wing cameras is used for LKA.

Enhanced Field of Vision: The wing camera systems can provide a far greater and adaptive field of view than traditional mirrors as the field of view is automatically shifted using the trailer end detection.

Brodmann17's Wing Camera AI Key Features: Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs), Vehicles and vehicle type, Lanes and lane type, Trailer-end

The Wing Camera AI based perception software processes wide and narrow angle video to detect:

  • Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs)
  • Vehicles and vehicle type
  • Lanes and lane type
  • Trailer-end

Detected objects include localization, distance, classification, relative speed and time to collision.

Brodmann17's Award-Winning Wing Camera AI on a truck at STARTUP AUTOBAHN EXPO 2022
Example of a truck with our new Wing Camera AI on, at Expo2022, Stuttgart

The Wing Camera AI provides a far greater field of view than traditional wing mirrors. Furthermore, they are not reliant on the driver position with mirror angle, as data is visible on the cab’s display. This enhanced field of vision should greatly reduces accidents caused by trucks.

The Results

Using the latest advances in deep learning technology and computer vision, the outcome demonstrates just how disruptive artificial intelligence, coupled with advanced camera systems, can be.

“The goal was to actively help form the future of the automotive industry with innovative technologies that make driving more comfortable and safer. The solution Brodmann17 created is a significant step towards this vision. Drivers will now gain immediate notification of risk situations, where vehicles or vulnerable road users may be in their blind spots, supporting safe turning and safe lane movement,” said the VP R&D, Digital Vision Systems of Brodmann17’s Tier-1 client.

As such the new product won a Global Innovation Award at Expo2022 in Stuttgart.

Brodmann17 receiving the Global Innovation Award at Startup Autobahn expo 2022 for it's Wing Camera AI
Brodmann17 receiving the Global Innovation Award at Autobahn Expo 2022, Stuttgart

Further benefits of Brodmann17’s Wing Camera AI include:

Compliance with Legislation: From 2024 Transport for London will ban Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) if they do not have, amongst other features, class V and VI mirrors, a fully operational CMS and a sensor system with driver alerts to warn road users of intended maneuvers. Similarly, EU regulations are also tightening up HGV safety, and recognizing structural changes in HGV vision systems is required to make this happen.

Reduction in Fuel Consumption: The aerodynamic and compact design of the wing cameras, instead of the traditional bulky Class II and Class VI wing mirrors, will greatly reduce fuel consumption.

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