Actuation for Digital Vision Systems
Camera Wing Power Folding
Our deep understanding of exterior vision systems drove the innovative development of CMS related actuation. We developed a highly compact Camera Fold Actuator, which enables a high quality ultra-slim wing design for improved fuel efficiency.
Specific system designs and regulation make folding a legal requirement. Electric folding provides the option to safely fold the camera wing close to the vehicle and identify when the vehicle is locked. Our newly developed Camera Fold Actuator features Lift to reduce wind noise and Double Detent for a stable wing in the drive position, assuring the right camera field of view.
Fold & Protect
While parking accounts for +90% of the vehicles’ time, the sensitive cameras can be affected by all kinds of contamination. To safeguard a positive customer experience, MCi developed a ‘camera protection’ solution. An innovative ‘eyelid’ actuator enables the fast availability of a clear camera image supporting a quick departure.
Fender retraction provides digital rear viewing options on the fender position. This is a lower position than the conventional mirror position. MCi has developed concept actuation solutions for this application.
About Camera Systems and ADAS
The development and implementation of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) is the key strategy for car makers to reduce the biggest cause of road fatalities and injuries: human error.
Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping are building blocks already available today. What’s next is a variety of sensors, radar, lidar and camera systems
Implementing a Camera Monitoring System (CMS) and interior screens can provide the driver with important safety information. Further, these systems have the potential to perform well at night and in the rain, thus contributing to improved safety. In parallel, the design of a camera wing can be slim, reducing drag and improving ICE fuel efficiency and/or EV battery range.
Car makers are researching the optimal location for cameras and so various exterior solutions are being developed. The system cost, human machine interface (HMI) and global legal framework will be addressed before this technology will be mass marketed. Another topic to address is the challenge to keep camera lenses and sensors clean to ensure good visibilty and reliable information. The hurdles to improve safety will require smart solutions.