Ever find yourself inching out into traffic, craning your neck just to see around that blind corner at the intersection? The new feature proposed in this abstract offers a possible, practical solution using exterior side-mounted cameras to create a Blind Corner Video System. These wide angle cameras will be mounted to each side of the front bumper of the vehicle such that they point perpendicular to the direction of driving. Upon approaching a corner, the Blind-Corner Video System will be activated automatically when signaling while stopped; granting the driver a full view of both directions of cross traffic without having to pull out further into traffic just to see. The Blind Corner Video System will display on the in-dash screen with one image from each camera displayed simultaneously.
The feature proposed in this article draws on the proven use of exterior mounted cameras but in a unique manner. This system is as novel as the Rear-view Video System or Blind Spot Detection and would make a great addition to the NHSTA family of safety technologies used to prevent automotive collisions. This system would help prevent both pedestrian and automotive collisions around blind corners. Automobiles currently do not have a collision prevention system for this type of accident which is a problem that the proposed system aims to remedy.
This system would be very simple to manufacture and implement due to the fact that this system uses the same components as a Rear-view Video System which is a coming required NHSTA standard for all cars produced after May 2018 . This means that every automobile will already have the capabilities to display video on the in-dash display which would make implementing the Blind Corner Video System very simple. Mounting the cameras for the system to the front of the vehicle would be the biggest obstacle in manufacturing this system. The mounting location and method would vary from car to car based on different body styles.
This system will be marketable to all automobile customers shopping with safety in mind. This system will relatively inexpensive to implement so the additional cost of purchasing a car equipped with the system will likely not be a deciding factor for most customers.
Debris covering the camera lenses may be a potential complication, more so than other exterior cameras, due to the location of the cameras. However, there are options for preventing debris build-up such as bursts of compressed air or water onto the lenses prior to use.
The cost effectiveness and simplicity of this system compliment the benefits and advantages of implementing this system on consumer automobiles. With safety being a lead deciding factor for many consumers, the Blind Corner Video System will increase the appeal of any automobile equipped with this novel safety feature.
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Name: Anthony Guerriero
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