Known as the Opel Eye, the system uses a high-resolution camera and processors jointly developed by German supplier Hella and Opel engineers. The front camera system combines a wide-angled, high-resolution camera and processors. The camera, located between the windscreen and the rear-view mirror, detects road signs and lane markings. It can take 30 pictures per second. Two signal processors filter and read the photos.
The Traffic Sign Detection function can read speed limit and no-passing signs and notify drivers when speed restrictions have been lifted. Depending on light conditions, the system can recognise and repeatedly read signs at 100 metres.
The system also features a Land Departure Warning function, which can be turned on and off via a button. When active, the system provides a sound and visual warning if the driver begins to veer from his lane. It uses a second signal processor and software to filter lines and longitudinal patterns at speeds above 50km/h, allowing it to recognise the traffic lane.
The Opel Eye/Front Camera System will debut as an option in the new Insignia, followed by other models in the future.