The increasing trend to use vision sensors in transportation is driven both by legislation and consumer demands for
higher safety and better driving experiences. Awareness of what surrounds an automotive vehicle can directly affect the
safe driving and maneuvering of that vehicle. Consequently, panoramic 360° field-of-view (FoW) imaging is becoming
an industry prerequisite. However, to obtain a complete view of the area around a vehicle, several sensor systems are
necessary. This paper explains how panomorph optics can satisfy the needs of various vision applications with only one
sensor or panomorph lens configuration.
A panomorph lens is a hemispheric wide-angle anamorphic lens with enhanced resolution in a predefined zone of
interest. Because panomorph lenses feature an optimal pixel-per-degree relationship, the resulting vision systems provide
ideal area coverage, which in turn reduces and maximizes the processing. Here we present how panomorph technology is
one of the most promising ways to integrate many automotive vision applications (processing/viewing) onto one single
camera module. For example: a single panomorph sensor on the front of a vehicle could provide all the information
necessary for assistance in crash avoidance, lane tracking, early warning alerts, parking aids, road sign and pedestrian
detection, as well as various video monitoring views for difficult areas such as blind spots.
Keywords: wide-angle lens, panoramic, panomorph, immersive, hemispheric, anamorphic, 360° vision systems, vision
sensors, automotive vehicles, field of view, transportation, driver assistance systems, lane tracking, blind spot, pedestrian
detection, road sign detection, parking assistance