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DENSO Develops Advanced Driver Assistance Products For New Lexus LS, Toyota Mirai


– New products featured on “Advanced Drive” to improve
vehicle sensing and safety

KARIYA, JAPAN, Apr 9, 2021
– (JCN Newswire) – DENSO Corporation today announced it has
developed products for Advanced Drive, an advanced driver
assistance technology featured on the new Lexus LS, released
in Japan on April 8, 2021 and the new Toyota Mirai, to be
released in Japan on April 12, 2021.

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DENSO’s newly developed
products used in Advanced Drive include LiDAR for detecting
the shapes of surrounding vehicles and roads; a Locator
Telescopic Camera for detecting the environment ahead of the
vehicle; an Spatial Information Service Electronic Control
Unit (SIS ECU) for accurately identifying the position of
the vehicle itself; and an Automated Driving System
Electronic Control Unit (ADS ECU) and Automated Driving
Extension Electronic Control Unit (ADX ECU) for high-speed
processing of information delivered these products. The SIS
ECU, ADS ECU, and ADX ECU also support over-the-air software
updates, which expands the functionality and improves
performance of Advanced Drive after vehicles are sold to
users.

Advanced driver assistance technologies are
essential to helping drivers safely operate vehicles in
driving scenarios. The products that DENSO newly developed
support a system, Advanced Drive, which assists driving when
driving on an expressway or other motor-vehicle-only
roadway. With the Advanced Drive, by setting the destination
in the navigation system, the on-board system will
appropriately detect the situation, make decisions, and
assist driving under the driver’s supervision according to
actual traffic conditions. It can keep the vehicle in its
lane, maintain the distance from other vehicles, navigate a
lane split, change lanes, and overtake other vehicles until
leaving the roadway for the destination. With these new
products, DENSO will contribute to advanced driver
assistance technology that gives peace of mind to occupants
and improves the safety of vehicles.

Improved
detection of the situation around the vehicle

LiDAR
and the Locator Telescopic Camera are able to detect large
areas with high accuracy: both products can detect more than
200 meters ahead of a vehicle. The performance of DENSO’s
LiDAR is among the highest in the world. Long-range
detection has been attained by increasing the output of the
laser beam and the sensitivity of the beam-receiving sensor.
A flat mirror is used for scanning to detect a wider angle.
The Locator Telescopic Camera is equipped with two types of
cameras, one for short distance and the other for long
distance. It is characterized by a long imaging distance and
a large number of pixels, which increases accuracy. The
detection angle of the long-distance camera is narrowed to
increase the number of pixels, producing clear distant
images.

Accurate identification of one’s own vehicle
position

The SIS ECU provides information about the
position of one’s own vehicle and the driving course ahead,
making it a key part of advanced driver assistance
technology. The new product can obtain accurate information
about one’s own vehicle position in combination with
position information from high-precision map data, the
Global Navigation Satellite System and camera recognition
information.

High-speed processing of sensor
information

The ADS ECU and ADX ECU rapidly process
information from sensors, such as LiDAR and cameras,
monitoring the situation around the vehicle. To make this
possible, it is necessary to obtain information from sensors
in real time and process it in milliseconds. The new
products have multiple System on Chips and microcomputers
that achieve at least double the processing performance
compared with conventional in-vehicle ECUs. They play the
role of brain that controls the vehicle instead of the
driver.

DENSO remains committed to developing
technology for advanced driver assistance and realizing safe
and flexible mobility for all people around the world,
including drivers and pedestrians.

About DENSO
Corporation

DENSO is a $47.6 billion global mobility
supplier that develops advanced technology and components
for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today.
With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its
worldwide 200 facilities to produce thermal, powertrain,
mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to
create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The
company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a
mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic
accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally
headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.9 percent of
its global consolidated sales on research and development in
the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. For more information
about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global/en.

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