MiSPiA: Fast 3D Imaging Arrays for pre-crash safety system in cars

Press Release /


Milan, 9 July 2010 – “MiSPiA” (Microelectronic Single-Photon 3D Imaging Arrays for low-light high-speed Safety and Security Applications) is a new Collaborative research project funded by the European Commission in its Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013), and was launched in June 2010 under the coordination of the Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione.

MiSPIA aims at two clearly identified 3D applications: high frame-rate, short-range (10-50m) 3D ranging systems for automotive prompt intervention for front- and back-pre-crash safety systems; and multispectral long-range (200-1,000m) 3D ranging systems for security surveillance. In the automotive field, moving or standing objects/obstacles to detect are vehicles, bicycle and pedestrian, small objects (trees, poles, etc.). Possible preventive or protective actions will be pre-crash warning (e.g. an acoustic warning signal), collision mitigation, pre-tensioning of safety belts, pre-setting of air bags. Instead Rear Pre-Crash is finalised to the rear impact detection and the automatic release of protective actions. Relevant objects/obstacles are any vehicles approaching with danger of crashing from behind.