Scientists have developed a camera system that can “see around walls and locate hidden objects”, which could help drivers see around blind corners.
Produced by researchers at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the system works by sending laser light from the camera round corners, before receiving it back again.
From this it is able to detect moving objects that are hidden from view, which the researchers say would be extremely useful when a driver’s visibility is obscured by walls or large vehicles. It is hoped the technology’s ‘centimetre precision’ could help prevent collisions and save lives.
The researchers are hoping to be able to apply the technology to a ‘variety of real-life situations’ in the near future.
Professor Daniele Faccio, Heriot-Watt University, said: “The ability to detect the3D shape of static, hidden objects has been demonstrated before, but the long acquisition time required by existing methods meant locating and monitoring the objects was a major challenge.
“We can now track hidden objects in real time and we’re still making discoveries about how the light identifies the objects, and can picture them in considerable detail.
“We’ve already increased the distance from which the camera system will work, which is over several metres. We’re also focusing on how we could attempt 3D reconstruction of the objects captured by the camera.”
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