Hitachi Astemo has announced the adoption of its stereo camera by Suzuki Motor Corporation for the New Wagon R Smile city car.

In a first for Suzuki, the New Wagon R Smile adopts a passing assist function to aid in safely passing cars on narrow roads.

Hitachi Astemo’s high-precision stereo camera features nighttime pedestrian detection function, and supports various Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) along with Dual Camera Brake Support, which detects pedestrians even at night.

It also supports lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control (ACC) capable of following at all speeds, and image-based training data using Hitachi’s proprietary machine learning technology, which is capable of detecting the driving environment with high precision. This technology significantly improves the car’s ability to detect pedestrians even during night and low-light conditions.

The New Wagon R Smile is categorised by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure as Safety Support Car S Wide, the highest safety classification, and is also recognised as an Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS2) certified vehicle as well as a Pedal Misapplication Prevention Device (PMPD) certified vehicle.