In assisted and automated driving, perception of the vehicle’s surroundings is one of the first steps towards automated vehicle control. A key goal for highway lane following is to keep the vehicle centered in its lane while driving. This requires detecting the lane boundaries relative to the vehicle, for which a windshield-mounted camera can be used.
However, processing high-resolution, high frame rate video data is computationally very intensive. Also, because the task is safety-critical, you want to minimize any delay in corrective actions at highway speeds. Therefore, such demanding tasks are best outsourced to specialized, independent target devices such as FPGAs.