AI in the Local Automotive Industry
The University of Ostrava (Ostravská univerzita), represented by the development team of the Institute
for Research and Applications of Fuzzy Modeling (Ústav pro výzkum a aplikace fuzzy modelování),
started collaboration with the Czech branch of the global producer of automotive lights, Varroc
Lighting Systems. This company became the partner of the University of Ostrava during the Centre
for Research and Development of Methods of Artificial Intelligence in Automotive Industry of the
Region project (Centrum pro výzkum a vývoj metod umělé inteligence v automobilovém průmyslu
regionu), performed within Operational Programme Research, Development, and Education.
Prof. Jiří Močkoř, Head of the Research Team, summarizes the principles of this collaboration.
Current trends in the development of front lamps
demand that lighting systems actively and intelligently
respond to whatever happens in front of the vehicle in
motion regardless of the speed and weather. It means
that the front lamps must interact with visual input from
cameras installed inside the vehicle. Processing such
information and instigating a relevant response from the
front lamps is the principal focus of the collaboration.
Our team is developing the software based on methods
of AI to facilitate (using thousands of segments in the
front lamps) lighting up a particular section of the
scene, or dim the light in a certain art. The methods in
development are unique in the sense that they do not
require special peripheries such as LIDAR or something
of that nature, allowing for spacial reasoning which
considerably reduces the costs of ownership.
The range of modern LED or laser lights is a few
hundred meters. If you point standard light at
a motorcycle, common rectangle approximation
would go beyond it, which would dazzle other road
users and put them in danger. Another dangerous
situation is when motorway road signs with reflection
film dazzle the drivers if lit up by a strong lamp. And
a very special category includes pedestrians whose
heads should be lighted softly for their comfort,
and their bodies with greater intensity to increase
their safety. This is why the performance of the front
lamp needs to adapt to each object of the scene
individually in real time.
The development team at the University of Ostrava has
a range of opportunities to go further in the research
and implement current experience in the detection
and recognition of visible objects in real time. Varroc
Lighting Systems truly supports this state-of-the-art
innovation through this collaboration.
Prof. Jiří Močkoř
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