Q&A: Owl AI Making Better ADAS Systems with Help from Drones

March 11, 2024

Sebastian Blanco

SAE International recently caught up with CEO Chuck Gershman how a new technology is opening up doors for Owl AI.  

Owl AI has steadily been improving the SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power and Cost) of the electronics in its thermal camera sensors while also improving capability. The company’s latest units have three-and-a-half times more pixel density in roughly the same size silicon area, as well as additional logic in the chip that now uses a single board versus the three-board stack used previously. They spoke about this improvement, and how it’s opening up new doors. Read the full (edited) transcript of the discussion here to see answers for the following questions:

  • Tell me about the improvements in your sensor since we last heard from you at AutoSens in the fall of 2023
  • Q: Are you hinting at the military realm?
  • Those benefits apply across the board.  How did you react? 
  • How does that impact the automotive work? 
  • Finally, new regulations are on the way regarding nighttime pedestrian protection, something a thermal camera is obviously good at.  The announcement describing these rules has repeatedly been delayed.  What are your thoughts on the new rules – whatever they might be? 


Also, seen in Automotive Engineering.

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