This is the 2nd year that the Image Sensor Auto conference took place, again in the lovely city of Brussels. Known for its waffles, fries, chocolate and beers, Brussels is a great city to visit. There was little time for indulging though, as the two-day conference had a busy schedule with many great talks and networking moments in the mornings and evenings.
The show grew from 100 people last year to over 150 people this year, a testimony to the quality of the Image Sensor conferences, as well as proof that cameras in automotive are hot, as they are a key component to making our vehicles safer, and ultimately drive themselves.
The scope of the conference grew also. Last year, there was a clear focus on the image sensor only. This year, there were more talks about system architectures, ADAS applications and computer vision techniques and applications.
Presentations came from car manufacturers such as Volvo, Peugeot/Citroen (PSA), and Jaguar/Landrover, automotive camera manufacturers such as Magna, Valeo, and Autoliv, and of course the image sensor manufacturers such as OmniVision, On semiconductor (which acquired Aptina), ST, and Melexis. Each of the vendors gave a glimpse into their views on the market, challenges they see, and their research and development directions.
Other talks covered the ISO 26262 safety standard, camera performance and testing, and even fixing broken windscreens, which has become more complicated due to the glued-on forward-looking cameras.
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