11 Myths About Thermal Imaging for Cars

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What do engineers need to know about the new Thermal Camera Imaging Technology for Vehicles?

Thermal imaging is the critical enabler for autonomous vehicles and ADAS systems. This article looks to set the record straight regarding myths and misconceptions about the technology.

What you’ll learn:
Why are automotive thermal cameras finally ready for primetime use in vehicles worldwide?
How can automotive thermal cameras see in the dark?
How do thermal cameras and AI technology work together for safe nighttime driving operation?

Public concern over rising pedestrian deaths at night has focused the attention of automotive manufacturers and regulators on the failure of automotive pedestrian automatic emergency braking (PAEB) systems to work when the sun goes down.

During the day, the current combination of video cameras and radar works well. However, at night when the cameras can’t see, radar alone has insufficient spatial resolution to locate and identify pedestrians. LiDAR has been proposed as an adjunct, but its low repetition rates and difficulties seeing through fog and rain can limit the effectiveness, and it can’t be used for object classification.

See the full article published in Electronic Design – May 8, 2023


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