9/20/2006

Honda investing in chips to help cars see

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:59 am

The automotive giant has quietly put $5 million over three years into Canesta, which specializes in chips that help computers make sense out of 3D spaces. The company’s best known product is a virtual keyboard: Users plunk down their fingers on the laser light images resembling a keyboard and their finger movements are translated to keystrokes.

Honda believes Canesta’s chips could help drivers know how close they are to other parked cars, pedestrians, and get other similar, useful information. Automakers are also examining ultrasonics (sound waves) or stereoscopic technologies to give drivers better information about their surroundings.

Source: News.com

 

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