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Sony to make image sensors for automobile-mounted cameras

August 14, 2014

Sony Corp. will start making image sensors for automobile-mounted cameras, with their mass production slated to begin next year, company sources said Friday.

By expanding into the growing automotive camera market, as automakers seek to develop automated-driving vehicles and other smart cars, the major Japanese electronics company aims to improve its sluggish electronics business.

To be mass-produced is an image sensor for car-mounted cameras that will detect and monitor obstacles and other cars in front of and behind the vehicle while driving, the sources said.

The sensor is highly sensitive to light and is able to easily detect people and obstacles on roads at night. It is even capable of displaying surroundings in color in moonlight, they said.

Sony's image sensors have occasionally been used in car-mounted cameras to provide a rearview of vehicles, but they were not designed specifically for use in such onboard cameras.

The new sensors are expected to be manufactured at the company's semiconductor subsidiary in Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan, according to the sources.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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