Thermal Cameras for Smarter Cars and Safer Roads

FLIR is empowering the automotive community to create the next generation of safer, more efficient ADAS and autonomous vehicle (AV) systems using cost-effective thermal cameras.

 


 

Why ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Cameras

Why ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Cameras

Thermal Cameras for Smarter Cars and Safer Roads

Thermal Cameras for Smarter Cars and Safer Roads

Why Should Thermal Sensors be Mandatory for ADAS

Why Should Thermal Sensors be Mandatory for ADAS

Technical Advantages of Thermal Cameras in ADAS and AV Platforms

Technical Advantages of Thermal Cameras in ADAS and AV Platforms

The Pathway to Affordable, Scalable Automotive Integration

The Pathway to Affordable, Scalable Automotive Integration

Overcoming Technological & Logistical Automotive Integration Challenges

Overcoming Technological & Logistical Automotive Integration Challenges

What Automotive Engineers and Developers Need to Know About Thermal Imaging

The FLIR Thermal for ADAS and AV solution briefs and accompanying video interviews with Alex Roy, Cannonball Run recorder setter, provide a comprehensive introduction to thermal imaging technology for automotive engineers and developers. From why it is needed to performance to cost and, finally, to integration, find out why thermal imaging makes ADAS and AV platforms safer. 

 


 

PART 1

Why ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Cameras 

Discover how longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal cameras can improve an ADAS or AV sensor suite, and why thermal imaging sensors should be mandatory for SAE automation levels 2 and greater.

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Technical Advantages of Thermal Cameras in ADAS and AV Platforms

Why are FLIR thermal sensors optimal for ADAS and AV platforms? No light is ever required. Learn more about “seeing” heat, detection, classification, and fields of view that lead to safer driving.

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PART 3

The Pathway to Affordable, Scalable Automotive Integration

Breakthroughs in manufacturing, increased scale, and process optimization are driving the push to mainstream integration of infrared thermal imaging in automotive platforms. As a mature technology in a developing market, expect FLIR sensors to continue to lead the market at a lower average end-user price point.

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PART 4

Overcoming Technological and Logistical Automotive Integration Challenges

Automotive engineers and developers may be surprised at how easy it is to get started on thermal imaging integration into ADAS and AV platforms. Discover how the FLIR ADK™ thermal camera combined with intuitive GUI, command-and-control SDK, and free starter dataset help lead to faster integration.

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Get Started with the FLIR ADK™

The FLIR ADK™ incorporates FLIR’s 640 x 512 resolution Boson™ thermal camera in an IP-67 housing with convenient mounting features and a USB-C interface. This enables developers to quickly mount and connect the ADK and record data with an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), all within minutes. The GUI allows for push-button video recording.

FLIR ADK™

Thermal Vision Automotive Development Kit (ADK)

 


 

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FREE - FLIR Thermal Starter Dataset for Algorithm Training

The first of its kind, the FLIR thermal dataset is free for ADAS and AV algorithm developers. It features an initial set of more than 14,000 annotated summer driving thermal images captured at day and night and their corresponding RGB imagery for reference. The dataset includes classification of five groups; people, dogs, cars, bicycles, and other vehicles.

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Why FLIR Thermal for ADAS and AV?

FLIR produces the only automotive-qualified thermal camera that is in cars today.  Through Tier 1 automotive supplier Veoneer, more than 500,000 cars have reliable night vision with pedestrian and animal detection. FLIR thermal cameras complement the ADAS and AV sensor suite.  They provide the ability to reliably classify objects in the dark and through obscurants including smoke, sun glare, most fog – day and night. Because they see heat, they have a unique ability to reliably classify people and animals better than other ADAS and AV sensor technologies. Including thermal cameras in the suite of sensors increases the situational awareness, reliability and safety.

 

SEE FURTHER FOUR TIMES FARTHER THAN HIGH BEAMS ILLUMINATE

Detect and identify people and animals in cluttered environments

 

SEE CLEARLY IN CHALLENGING LIGHT CONDITIONS – SUN GLARE, FOG AND DARKNESS

See clearly in challenging light conditions

 
RELIABLY CLASSIFY PEOPLE AND ANIMALS IN CLUTTERED ENVIRONMENTS

See further than high beams

 


 

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Looking for a night vision system for an existing vehicle?

PathFindIR II is a powerful thermal night vision system that helps you clearly see road hazards in total darkness, and it will alert drivers to nearby vehicles, people, and animals. Headlights typically illuminate about 450 feet straight ahead, but PathFindIR II detects heat without a need for light, allowing you to see up to four times farther down the road. It provides visibility through dust, smoke, or fog, and better capability to avoid an accident.

PathFindIR™ II

Driver Vision Enhancement System