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Continental says its stereo camera will help cars avoid accidents with pedestrians (source: Continental)

German automotive supplier Continental is adding a stereo camera to its “ContiGuard” safety system in an effort to further reduce traffic accidents involving pedestrians.

The company said the stereo camera, which uses six-dimensional image analysis is able to assess the direction in which people are moving. It can also determine the range to an object with an accuracy of between 20 and 30 centimers at a distance of 20 to 30 meters.

The stereo camera has a range of up to 60 meters, which, Continental said, provides huge potential for improved braking systems.

"Since the stereo camera also realizes the already familiar assistance systems, such as lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and intelligent headlamp control, we think that it will set a new trend in the medium to long term,” said Andreas Brand, head of passive safety at Continental’s Chassis & Safety division.

Continental noted that, in Germany almost half of all accidents that result in major personal injuries involve pedestrians and vehicles at intersections. The company said the stereo camera’s ability to better assess movement in front of a car should help reduce or prevent such accidents.