Chronocam : human retina meets autonomous vehicles.

The autonomous vehicule and the risk of an accident: two words that are closely linked today. Thanks to the technology Chronocam based on the human retina, this will change in the next few months.

A newcomer on the market of dynamic sensors.

Founded in 2014, Chronocam is a start-up originating from the Pierre & Marie Curie university. With the objective of improving the sensors of driverless vehicles, this young company has successfully developed its own technology based on … our eye! In fact, the human eye works following the movement of pixels that are completely seperate from eachother. Chronocam has been able to reproduce this characteristic and integrate it into sensors for vehicles.

The Chronocam technology is a more sophisticated technology than the present sensors used in autonomous vehicles today. The most common system used today works like a traditional camera, by taking a series of photos.

And this technology is a real hit! Chronocam has received funds for 15 million dollars from Intel Capital, iBionest, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, 360 Capital, CEAi and even the car manufacturer Renault.

Chronocam: when cars have eyes

This new artificial intelligence technology based on the human retina is of course patented and has many features:

  • The resolution of the camera using Chronocam technology is close to a microsecond, which means that it can detect the majority of natural phenomena and obstacles present on the road. A real advantage to help reduce the number of collisions.
  • The sensor only records really useful data for scenes that are relatively static. In fact, when the scene is static, the sensors just record immobile pixels once. You may ask yourself why? Well, quite simply because by doing so, stocking and creating unnecessary data can be avoided. The volume of data can also be limited along with the required internet bandwidth.

For the manufacturer Renault, who has signed an agreement with the Parisian start-up that will mean a drop in the total cost of the driving aid system. If more vehicles are concerned, everyone’s safety will be improved.

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