Experts will develop new image quality standards for cars of the future

IEEE Standards Association, Proposed Project 2020: Automotive System Image Quality

A working group of engineers and researchers working in vehicle perception, the way cars and other vehicles understand their surroundings in an increasingly intelligent way, aims to provide a uniform approach to this rapidly evolving industry.

Rob Stead, interim Chair of the Working Group and an established member of two related IEEE societies (Robotics and Automation, and Vehicular Technologies) said that his "personal passion" had always been to share the collective wisdom of experts to help resolve problems and advance technology.
Having worked for three years alongside experts from global car manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and General Motors, as well as Tier 1 companies such as Valeo, and component suppliers like ON Semiconductor, Stead himself saw codification as the "next logical step", a view apparently shared by colleagues around the industry, who have been keen to support the process.
The new group aims to "develop standard approaches to aid development of automotive imaging technologies for all stakeholders".
If successful, the resulting standard will be IEEE 2020 - inspiringly numbered, albeit purely by coincidence, according to Stead. The committee will meet regularly at major industry events including the AutoSens conference, which will take place in September at AutoWorld in Brussels, Belgium.
"The Project Authorisation Request (PAR) has been submitted to the IEEE Standards Association and will be reviewed for approval at their next meeting in May. The Workgroup will be made open to all interested parties for input, and will remain non-commercial and regulated by the IEEE code of practice," Stead commented, saying that expressions of interest from those working in or aligned to the automotive vision sector were welcome.
Stead confirmed that the full meeting schedule will be announced pending NESCOM approval of Project 2020, but that the first Annual Meeting would be held in Brussels, immediately preceding the AutoSens conference, and that interested parties should get in touch via the AutoSens conference website (

Scope and Purpose - Project 2020: Automotive System Image Quality
Scope: This standard addresses the fundamental attributes that contribute to image and quality for automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications, as well as identifying existing metrics and other useful information relating to these attributes. It defines a standardized suite of objective and subjective test methods for measuring automotive camera image quality attributes, and it specifies tools and test methods to facilitate standards-based communication and comparison among OEM and Tier 1 system integrators and component vendors regarding automotive ADAS image quality.

Purpose: This standard specifies methods and metrics for measuring and testing automotive image quality to ensure consistency and create cross-industry reference points.

About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 1,100 active standards and more than 500 standards under development.

About IEEE
IEEE, the worlds largest technical professional society, is commemorating its 125th anniversary in 2009 by "Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future" around the globe. Through its 375,000+ members in 160 countries, IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

About AutoSens
Built on the vision of senior technical experts at automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and delivered by conference experts with a passion for engineering. This event is a unique meeting place for ADAS and autonomous vehicle engineers and plays a vital role in developing sensor technology, processing hardware and algorithms, and system architecture to meet the future demands of automotive OEMs.
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Sense Media is a smart, agile, B2B events company. Serving technology verticals that enable machine perception via sensors and signal processing, our conferences connect cutting edge innovators with new business opportunities. With a highly specialised staff, focused on quality content and production, it has assembled an influential advisory board and an exciting line-up of speakers for AutoSens 2016.
By bringing together the worlds foremost sensor experts with end users and senior business managers, our meetings deliver equal value from the learning and networking experience. The company is headquartered in the UK, just outside London.

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