Exciting idea: camera as an eye
The exciting idea for this came from Dr Zimdahl, when in 1982, “more or less by chance”, he happened to get hold of a handy TV camera from a Japanese electronics manufacturer. “We take that as a substitute for the human eye and connect it to an electric steering system,” was his revolutionary approach.
“The image evaluation was in essence relatively simple,” recalls the electronics pioneer. “It was directed towards the contrasts in brightness between the lane markings and the road surface, which were detected by the camera and then converted into control signals for the steering by the processor.”