Denso Announces World’s Smallest Vision Sensor for Active Safety Systems

July 28, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Japanese automotive supplier Denso has developed the world’s smallest vision sensor, which not only is 50 percent smaller than its predecessor, but can also perform at higher operating temperature compared to the previous model.

The new sensor from Denso is used in active safety systems with Automatic High Beam (AHB) Control Systems and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Systems.


It has a full-color camera, rather than the monochrome camera in the previous model, which in addition to enabling the LDW system to identify lane markings of different colors worldwide, can also help the AHB system to differentiate the tail lights of the vehicle from other light sources.

These sensors are mounted on the windshield’s upper edge close to the rear view mirror. That’s why the size reduction for the new sensor.

Denso wants to make this sensor available for a great number of vehicles.

Now it is available as a factory option for the Lexus ES, which is launched in China this July, and then in North America, Russia, theMiddle East, and other regions.

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