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BYTON’s M-Byte SUV features pmdtechnologies’ 3D sensors; in-car gesture control using time-of-flight sensors

pmdtechnologies ag and BYTON announced that pmdtechnologies ag’s 3D Time-of-Flight sensors will be used for the in-car gesture control camera system operating the 48-inch Shared Experience Display (SED) in BYTON’s first production model, the M-Byte SUV.

Positioned as the next generation smart device, BYTON’s product line integrates advanced digital technologies to offer customers a smart, safe, comfortable, and eco-friendly driving and mobility experience. The M-Byte is the first vehicle from BYTON, a mid-sized electric SUV that will start production in late 2019.

pmdtechnologies ag’s 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors—which were jointly developed with Infineon Technologies AG—are already used in smartphones, robots, VR/AR headsets and now automobiles. In Byton’s M-Byte, ToF sensors enable a car passenger to use a hand gesture to answer a smartphone or to turn on his or her favorite music via the SED.

The pmd 3D ToF sensor has a set of illuminators at the top of M-Byte’s Camera, which continuously emits invisible light into the car cockpit. The ToF sensor measures the time it takes for the camera light to bounce back from objects and persons, whether they are stationary or moving enabling the in-car gesture control camera system.

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