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  Date: 22/01/2018

Smart mirror tech to replace traditional rearview and side mirrors

You call it smart mirror tech, where the automotive camera technology detects various object types at distances of up to about 100 meters warning drivers on safety. Mitsubishi Electric has developed such tech based on its proprietary Maisart-brand artificial intelligence (AI) technology to prevent accidents, especially when drivers change lanes. This smart mirror replace traditional rearview and side mirrors with camera-monitoring systems is approved for use in Europe and Japan in 2016, and the first commercial mirrorless cars are expected to be launched in Japan as early as next year.

The Key Features of this Camera-monitoring system for mirrorless car according to Mitsubishi includes:

1) Instantly detects distant objects up to about 100 meters away
- Mitsubishi Electric's proposed technology employs a new computational visual-cognition model that mimics human visual behavior to rapidly focus on appropriate regions within the field of view.
- Compared to conventional camera-based systems, the proposed technology, which is believed to achieve the industry's highest performance, can significantly extend the maximum distance of object detection from about 30 meters to 100 meters, and can also improve object detection accuracy from 14 percent to 81 percent.
2) Real-time object recognition using Mitsubishi Electric's proprietary Maisart AI technology
- The computational visual-cognition model's relatively simple algorithms free system resources for real-time performance, even in on-board systems.
- Mitsubishi Electric's Maisart AI technology, which realizes compact AI for low-cost devices, can distinguish between object types such as pedestrians, cars and motorcycles.

Future Development
- More robust performance for driving in bad weather, at night and on winding roads.
- Increased recognition accuracy by using time-series information.

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