FLIR Systems announced two thermal imaging cameras for the automotive industry, its next-generation Automotive Development Kit (ADK ) thermal vision kit for the Autonomous driving car development and the FLIR TG275, a portable diagnostic thermal camera for the amateurs and professionals of the automobiles.
The next-generation thermal vision ADK with the Boson High-resolution FLIR, the core of the thermal camera that is designed to help automakers, top-tier automotive suppliers and car innovators improve the safety of ADAS and autonomous driving vehicles. Along with automatic learning algorithms for classifying objects, the ADK provides critical data from the far infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum to improve the decision making of AV in common environments where other sensors face challenges, such as darkness, shadows, solar brightness, fog, smoke or haze.
The new ADK has an IP67 rating and now includes an integrated heating window to improve test performance in all types of weather. In addition, it has Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL), USB and Ethernet connection for easier integration.
The TG275 is FLIR’s first thermal camera designed for automotive technicians and those who perform repairs in the home. In automotive repair, heat can sometimes be a potential problem, and the TG275 helps technicians to detect problems before they cause failures and, ultimately, a fault in the route. Equipped with FLIR’s Lepton thermal micro camera, MSX technology FLIR’s patented system extracts high-contrast details from images taken by a visible light camera on board and superimposes them on thermal images. In addition, the TG275 allows automotive repair technicians to reduce diagnostic time and show customers evidence of the problem through images that show a before and after them.
“For automated decision making on the road, thermal imaging cameras combined with machine learning capabilities provide the most effective method of life-saving pedestrian detection, especially in crowded or poorly visible environments,” said Jim Cannon, President, and CEO of FLIR. “In addition, FLIR’s autonomous test vehicle with thermal improvements demonstrates how thermal cameras can significantly improve urban, highway and AEB performance, and the overall safety of autonomous driving cars.”
In addition, FLIR will display the first commercial test vehicle equipped with industry thermal cameras, featuring multiple FLIR ADK cameras that will provide a 360-degree street view at CES 2019. The car demonstrates ADK’s integration capabilities with radar, light detection and ranging technology (LIDAR) and visible cameras found in today’s stand-alone test vehicles. With automatic emergency braking (AEB) enhanced with thermal cameras, the car helps validate how thermal imaging with automatic learning enhances the functionality of the AEB.
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