Hitachi Automotive Systems said its stereo camera, with night time pedestrian detection features, has been adopted by Suzuki for their Spacia series of mini passenger vehicles launched in August 2020 with enhanced safety features.

In recent years, automatic brake systems have been gaining recognition as an effective method to prevent traffic accidents. In 2021, automatic brakes will be a mandatory feature for all new passenger vehicles produced in Japan. Vehicular safety has been improving with the increased adoption of advanced safety technologies, such as advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) and pedestrian detection and protection systems. These have led to an increase in overall vehicle safety, which is expected to promote an increase in demand for new vehicles.

The Spacia's improved safety devices includes a new dual camera braking support, which detects pedestrians even at night, and adaptive cruise control. In addition, the model line has enhanced advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), including improved recognition of road signs, such as stop signs. These features are supported by Hitachi Automotive Systems' stereo camera with night time pedestrian detection. The stereo camera leverages unique machine learning technology, making it possible to detect pedestrians with a high level of precision.