DENSO Develops New Laser Radar
Reducing the size and cost of active safety technology
Kariya, Japan, May 10, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Global automotive supplier
DENSO Corporation has developed a smaller and more cost-effective laser radar,
which is an active safety technology that will help avoid low-speed collisions.
DENSO's new laser radar is used as a sensor for the Smart Assist System*
of the Daihatsu Move, a compact vehicle released in the Japanese market last
"As automakers have been accelerating efforts to develop systems to avoid
collisions and reduce impact when a collision cannot be avoided, sensors for
these technologies must be balanced in terms of performance, size and cost for
respective vehicle models and systems," said Hiroyuki Wakabayashi,
executive director responsible for DENSO's Information & Safety
Systems Business Group. "We were able to reduce the overall size of our
new radar to allow it to be easily adaptable across vehicle models and
A Smaller Laser Radar:
To consolidate space, the newly developed laser radar features a simpler laser
beam generation mechanism than previous versions. Also, the electronic control
unit was integrated into the signal processing boards, which were typically
separate. Additionally, DENSO was able to reduce the overall size of the radar
by using a smaller lens.
To eliminate traffic accidents, DENSO has developed and commercialized other
safety technologies that protect occupants and prevent accidents under the
motto of "Everyday Confidence, Extraordinary Safety." DENSO is
committed to developing and refining technologies to help create a safer
automotive society for people worldwide.
*Smart Assist System consists of four technologies: (1) Brakes that assist
low-speed crash avoidance, (2) Gas pedal misoperation control, (3) Informs of
motion of vehicle in front, (4) VSC and TRC. DENSO's laser radar will be
used for technologies (1), (2) and (3), to detect obstacles in front of the
DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a
leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and
components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electric, electronics
and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major
carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates
in 35 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs over 120,000 people.
Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, totaled
US$38.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.5 percent of its global
consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on
the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to
www.globaldenso.com, or visit our media website at www.densomediacenter.com.
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