In a paper from Stephen Prosser of TRW Automotive noted a number of future applications for these technologies. From the paper:• Future development of the active and passive safety systems will enable the vehicle to sense and interpret its surrounding environment, recognize potentially dangerous situations and provide a pre-determined level of support to the driver.• Blind-spot detection, lane change monitoring and roundabout shunt prevention are examples of systems that could be enabled through the deployment of vision-based sensors and multiple sensor data fusion techniques.• Parking assistance systems a production reality. Ultrasonic sensors mounted on the sides of vehicles will measure the length and depth of a parking space as the vehicle drives past it. The system then calculates the maneuvers that are required to steer the vehicle safely into the space. The driver is then provided with sound or visual instructions to complete the task. A future enhancement would involve the use of electronically controlled steering system to execute the maneuver automatically.
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