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Superb Technology Creating a New Style of Automobile Society

Increasingly Advanced Camera Systems for Cars (Camera Application Products)

With the goal of achieving a safer and securer automotive society, we are striving to develop “Vision System” of applied image processing and image recognition technologies to assist in the parking and driving of cars. The system includes as core technologies “Overhead View Monitor ” and sensor functions. While Overhead View Monitor displays information around the car, sensor technologies enable detecting of approaching pedestrians and vehicles. We, moreover, put efforts in enhancement of camera products, which are the hearts of the “Vision System”. We strive to improve reliability of “Vision System” by feeding it more accurate and profound information with technologies of ultra-wide angle lenses for expanded field of vision, logic development and application of sensor elements to provide more natural images in severe light environment such as at night and/or with strong backlights.
● Detection of vehicles/pedestrians using image recognition function of rear view cameras
Our Overhead View Monitor uses a wide-angle lens, enabling display of a broader perspective than conventional rear cameras. Incorporated image recognition technology enables detection of obstacles approaching from right or left to effectively support driving when backing up.
● Lane detection using image recognition function of rear view cameras
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The rear camera isn’t limited to driving in reverse. Its image recognition technology detects traffic lanes, and warns the driver when the vehicle veers out of its lane.
● Overhead View Monitor

Our latest Overhead View Monitor goes beyond augmenting the driver’s field of view around the vehicle. Combined with image recognition technology, it is able to detect obstacles approaching from any direction and send a warning to the driver.

Innovative UI (User Interface) Revolutionizes In-Vehicle Equipment

Our abundant know-how in the in-vehicle equipment field, coupled with a fresh perspective that can see beyond conventional wisdom, allowed us to create a totally new connection between person and machine. Evolution of the next-generation in-vehicle information system continues to accelerate with this revolutionary new UI, worthy of becoming the gateway to a new world.
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● Applications
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“Smart Access” App: In-car top menu

The iPhone® integration supported apps available through “Smart Access” are based on the safe and comfortable UI know-how (e.g. button size, character size, high contrast color scheme, intuitive hierarchy) we have gained through development of in-vehicle equipment.
● Development of application software of Smart Access for Android™
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Weather4car application software for Android™ Display screen of vehicle mounted device ∗The image is an image.
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Display screen of smartphone
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Calendar4car application software for Android™ Display screen of vehicle mounted device ∗The image is an image.
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Display screen of smartphone
Application software for Android™ was developed to make it available to more customers, following interoperability software with smartphones last year. The concepts of the UI (user interface) designing of the software were to make the customers feel familiar with the design as well as to assure customers ease of use.

Eco Driving with the Global Environment in Mind

Clarion has been promoting “Green Navigation” concept with technologies and product designs to assist more eco-friendly driving. We have introduced features such as “Save-energy Route Search” to find the route that uses the least fuel. These features bring about reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel bills, and are friendlier to both the planet and drivers. It is foreseen that more HVs and EVs will come into use. We intend to continue developing eco-drive technologies that are a perfect match for these next-generation cars with ecological consideration in the future.
● Save-energy Route Search
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Searches for most fuel-efficient route based on various criteria 

● Ups and downs requiring frequent acceleration? 

●How congested? 

● Distance to reach destination? etc.


For example…
Expressway: Can reach destination fast but is long way
around and is sometimes congested.
Mountain road: Shortest travel distance but lots of ups/downs
require frequent acceleration/deceleration.
Surface street: Slightly longer distance but flat, with less
congestion to reach destination faster.

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