Siemens has developed 3D eye, a sensor that could help save passengers from injuries caused by airbags in car accidents.
Current sensors do not always differentiate between an adult and a child and this inability to recognise body-size accurately can lead to injury when the airbag is deployed.
With the 3D eye safety is guaranteed regardless of the seat’s position or how the passenger is sitting. Based solely on semiconductors, the eye uses multi double short time integration technology which simultaneously measures the distance to 1,000 different object points and takes one thousandth of a second to detect a 3D object.
The digital makeup of the sensor means it is sturdy and fast, yet simple and cheap to produce. The development could have other applications such as traffic monitoring, building system technology and automation.
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