French firm Valeo has developed a multicamera detection system that allows drivers a full view of their vehicle’s immediate surroundings to aid safe driving.

The system, based on camera, sensor and radar technologies, uses five miniature digital cameras to scan the vehicle’s surroundings.

The cameras send the data to the control unit which then forms and optimises the images to be displayed on the colour navigation screen to be viewed by the driver.

The system also uses a reversing camera, combined with ultrasonic park assist sensors to provide images of the area behind the vehicle. Two other cameras are installed on the left and right ends of the front bumper.

The company initially introduced the technology on the new Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery and on the new BMW 5 Series, Gran Turismo. Four more car models are expected to be equipped with the system during 2010.