Hitachi Automotive Systems said its stereo camera, with lane keep assist and night time pedestrian detection features, is used by Suzuki Motor Corporation for its XBEE, a mini passenger vehicle with enhanced safety features launched in October 2020.

In recent years, the adoption of collision avoidance braking systems in automobile safety design has accelerated due to their effectiveness in mitigating traffic accidents. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) plan to make it mandatory for all new passenger vehicles produced in Japan to have collision avoidance brakes from 2021. Automobile safety has been improving with the application of automatic brakes and the increased adoption of advanced safety features, such as pedestrian detection and protection systems. These trends are expected to promote an increase in consumer demand for new vehicles.

The XBEE is the first Suzuki with Lane Keep Assist Function which keeps the vehicle close to the centre of the lane. Other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) include Adaptive Cruise Control and Dual Camera Brake Support, an automatic brake system which can detect pedestrians even at night.

These features are supported by the stereo camera which has claimed unique machine learning technology, making it possible to detect pedestrians at night with a high level of precision.