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360-Degree Camera-Based Tech Will Make Riding Safer

The aptly named startup, Ride Vision, has introduced a camera system that warns the rider if a vehicle comes too close for comfort

360-Degree Camera-Based Tech Will Make Riding Safer
360-Degree Camera-Based Tech Will Make Riding Safer. Pixabay

It is no hidden fact that most of the general public consider motorcycle riding an easier way to be checked into a hospital. Not surprising then this sentiment has had an adverse effect on motorcycle sales.

To overcome this, many big manufacturers like Ducati (Ducati Motorcycles To Get Radar) and KTM (KTM Developing Sensor-Based Active Safety Technology) have been developing futuristic laser- and radar-based technologies to avoid accidents and collisions. Now, an Israeli startup has joined the bandwagon with its ‘Collision Aversion Technology’ (CAT).

The aptly named startup, Ride Vision, has introduced a camera system that warns the rider if a vehicle comes too close for comfort. This system works with the help of two cameras fitted at the front and rear of the motorcycle. They cover an area of 180 degrees each, giving the system a combined all-round view of the road.

Ducati. Pixabay

While this may sound simple in theory, applying it in practice is another challenge. There are tons of factors to consider. No two motorcycles are exactly alike. If you were to fit this system on every motorcycle, you’d need to recalibrate the cameras to every bike’s size, shape and design. Then there is also the matter of keeping it light and compact so as to not add more weight to the ride.

Clearly, with many concerns to address, it is hard to tell if this technology will ever see the light of the day. For example, the ECU needs to be smart enough to differentiate a potential threat from a bike or a car, along with more information. On the brighter side though, the company has raised 2.5 million dollars in funding, which should enable them with the required R&D of the product.

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While the Knight Rider-esque motorcycles are still a few good years away, this certainly can be called a step in the right direction. Rest assured we will be bringing you every update involving rider safety technology.

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Japanese Major Canon Unveils its First Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

The company has sold 90 million EOS cameras and 130 million EF lens so far

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Sending a strong message to the existing players in the mirrorless camera segment, Japanese major Canon which just unveiled its first full-frame mirrorless camera EOS R is ready to roll out more enhanced devices in the near future.

For the $11 billion camera industry, mirrorless cameras have been a growth engine as digital/compact camera shipments have plummeted. Currently, Sony and Nikon are the leading players in the professional-grade camera segment.

According to Japan-based industry body Camera Imaging Products Association (CIPA), mirrorless cameras account for about a third of the segment’s revenue today — up from 9 per cent in 2012.

“We brought the EOS series to the world 30 years ago. With the EOS R, we are confident that you will have an amazing experience. We will improve further and deliver enhanced devices in the EOS segment,” said Naoya Kaneda, Advisory Director, Group Executive, ICB Optical Business Group, Image Communication Business Operations, Canon.

The EOS R, which will be launched in India on September 21 and the price for the country is yet to be announced, employs the newly-developed RF Mount.

Full-frame mirrorless camera is just the beginning: Canon.

The EOS R is slated to ship in October globally with a price tag of nearly $2,300 (for the body) and $3,400 for the kit (with RF 24-105mm f4L IS lens).

A large (54 mm) mount internal diameter and short back focus allows for an enhanced communication between the lens and camera body.

In April, Canon India launched “EOS M50” — a new mirrorless camera for the millennials in India that houses the “DIGIC 8” image processor to ensure better picture quality and comes with 4K movie shooting capability.

“This is just the beginning. We will further improve our ecosystem – lens, processor and sensor — after listening from our customers and innovation teams. For us, feedback from our customers is of great importance,” Kaneda told a visiting group of journalists here.

With removing the mirror system in the EOS R, the company has reduced the distance between the lens and the image sensor, which leads to high speed, ease of use and better image quality.

Canon. (IANS)

“Canon is moving to the next stage. We are pushing the boundaries of imaging expression,” Canon President Masaya Maeda said during the first unveiling of EOS R here on September 5.

The Canon EOS R — along with four RF lenses and four types of mount adapters — has a 30.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor and an ISO range of 100 to 40,000 (expandable up to 50-102,400).

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The company has sold 90 million EOS cameras and 130 million EF lens so far.

“The aim is now to take the EOS series is to a new level and create a new ecosystem while acquiring new digital natives in our journey to create new business models,” noted Go Tokura, Executive Officer and Chief Executive, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon. (IANS)

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