AUTOMOTIVE WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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Joined Fast Together: e-Mobility And Laser Welding In Automotive Production
The latest automotive manufacturing processes and e-mobility technologies are tightly linked to laser welding. This white paper explores the challenges found in this juncture and why the quality of the laser beam is so important.  Continue Reading..
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Driver Vision Enhancement (DVE) With SWIR Cameras
There are man current DVE systems that use passive thermal imaging systems that enhance a driver’s viewing capabilities while operating in darkness, fog, smoke, dust, etc. SWIR has emerged as a technology that meets the current needs of DVE. Not only does it provide visibility in degraded conditions, it can also address the gaps in the current systems used today.  Continue Reading..
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Laser Applications In the Automotive Industry Demand Peak Performance Of Laser Measurement Instruments
The automotive industry is a demanding sector in which craftsmanship, precision and quality are indispensable.One wrong step can lead to catastrophic failures in a production line, where everything already works in harmony to obtain optimal results.  Continue Reading..
Thermal Stereo Vision Makes Safer Cars
Thermal Stereo Vision Makes Safer Cars
Not only could the thermal stereo camera theoretically tell the vehicle’s computer system to slow down upon detecting an object in the road in any lighting condition, it could also provide redundant distance data, along with the vehicle’s visible camera and radar systems, to ensure the vehicle makes the most appropriate decision for the circumstance.  Continue Reading..
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Why ADAS And Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Cameras
Safe advanced driver assist system (ADAS) vehicles and autonomous vehicles (AV) require sensors to deliver scene data adequate for the detection and classification algorithms to autonomously navigate under all conditions.  Continue Reading..
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Four Reasons Thermal Cameras Can Improve Automatic Emergency Braking And Save Lives
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates 6,200 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2018, the highest total since 1990. The GHSA also found that, during the past 10 years, nighttime crashes accounted for more than 90 percent of the increase in pedestrian deaths.  Continue Reading..
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FREE FLIR Thermal Dataset For Algorithm Training
The FLIR starter thermal dataset enables developers to start training convolutional neural networks (CNN), empowering the automotive community to create the next generation of safer and more efficient ADAS and driverless vehicle systems using cost-effective thermal cameras from FLIR.  Continue Reading..

AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS

Automotive night vision systems and ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) that use thermal imaging allow drivers to detect pedestrians and retain a clear view of the road ahead, even when vision is obstructed by environmental conditions such as darkness, smoke, or fog. For maximum performance and minimal collision risk, these systems must achieve high accuracy and allow for long distance object detection. The key to meeting these requirements is the use of high sensitivity and high-resolution optics – such as Ophir’s athermalized lenses.

Canon’s new 3U3MRXSAAC is a 2.8 MP CMOS sensor equipped with an HDR drive function that achieves a wide 120 dB range at low noise levels. The sensor’s wide range results in a greater ability to extract usable information, even in situations where there is a substantial difference between the lightest and darkest areas of an image.

The FLIR ADK™ is a new thermal vision automotive development kit (ADK) built around the FLIR Boson® thermal camera core. This kit offers a cost effective solution for developing the next generation of automotive thermal vision and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The system creates images from heat, making this technology the best for pedestrian detection, identifying people in cluttered environments, and giving analytics critical information for automated decisions.

The Surface Reflectance Analyzer RA-532H is designed to measure and evaluate objects' surface conditions. Utilized measurement methods include standard compliant gloss, haze, Image Clarity (IC), and 2-D BRDF (Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function) measurements.

DSI is capable of producing a variety of durable, reliable, and heat resistant optical coatings within the ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, shortwave infrared, mid-wave infrared, and long-wave infrared spectral wavelengths. Along with standard products, DSI is able to work in close collaboration with customers in order to develop innovative coatings that meet specific requirements within real-world applications.

The H-900KSCO is a reference-class, 6-axis positioning system designed for dynamic motion in all degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, pitch, roll, yaw). This compact hexapod provides linear travel ranges up to 200 mm and rotation to 66 degrees for applications such as motion simulation, industrial production, precision machining, automotive industry, and stabilization of motion on moving vehicles and vessels.

The potential imaging applications involving car safety testing are numerous. With built-in image calibration, a quick-change lens adapter, and secure synchronization capabilities in multi-camera environments, the pco.dimax cs high speed cameras are well-equipped to handle them all.

Many of today's cars and trucks are as hi-tech as your home computer. Accumold's expertise with small and micro-sized injection molding is an ideal fit for this industry

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

  • MAC Thin Films Introduces FrostFree™ Extended-Wavelength Conductive Coating For LiDAR Windows

    MAC Thin Films (MTF) (www.macthinfilms.com), specialists in vacuum-deposited thin-film coatings on glass, introduces FrostFree, a ground-breaking, highly-durable, conductive coating with extended operational wavelengths into the near-infrared (NIR). Ideal for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) applications, the new window heater coating, based on MTF’s proprietary technology, has defrosting capability and ultra-broadband transmittance while operating from the visible into the NIR spectrum.

  • Exploiting Optics Opportunities In 3D Sensing — Scaling Challenges

    This article reviews key ideas discussed at the recent CLEO Conference — specifically, at the OIDA Executive Forum on the Exploding Role of Optics in Sensing — held May 14, 2018 in San Jose, Calif. It also includes my own thoughts and observations.

  • The Driverless Car Revolution Creates Massive Opportunities For Optics

    “Perception is everything,” or so the saying goes. Indeed, technologically enabled perception — and the software required to make sense of the resultant data — is the vehicle to safe, reliable autonomous driving. And the optics industry holds the keys.

  • Self-Driving Cars Could Use Lasers To See Around Blind Corners

    Stanford University researchers have developed a laser-based system that can reproduce images of objects hidden from view. The technology can be used to enhance the safety of self-driving vehicles, as well as applied to serve other functions.

  • Where Is Autonomous Mobility Going In Such A Hurry?

    Autonomous mobility’s progress has been achieved in fits and starts, though the past few years have seen accelerated development in its enabling technologies.

  • SPIE's AR/VR/MR All-Day Conference Delivers Immersive Experience

    After feasting on a full day of insight from some of the most prominent names in altered and virtual reality technologies, attendees were treated to a panel discussion that assembled pioneers in the space, asking them to muse on its past, present, and future.

  • Scientists Achieve High Power With New Smaller Laser

    An international team of scientists has produced the first high-powered, randomly polarised laser beam with a "Q switch" laser, which typically emits pulses of light so brief that they're measured in nanoseconds.

AUTOMOTIVE VIDEOS

  • Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications

    Jeff Briton and Dragan Grubsic discuss some of the challenges involved in operating pulsed laser diodes and avalanche photodiodes in LIDAR for the automotive and sensor markets.

  • Considerations For Specialized Fiber Optics In Rugged Environments

    At Photonics West 2017, Frank Weiss with Gooch & Housego offered practical advice on considerations one should take into account when specifying fiber optics for deployment in rugged environments, including life cycle requirements, the pitfalls of underspecifying, and the potential headaches that can be involved in not paying close attention to export control parameters.

  • Car Safety Testing Using the pco.dimax cs Camera

    The pco.dimax cs camera with its true 12-bit performance is ideal for providing crisp, brilliant color images for all car safety testing applications involving onboard, offboard, and sled testing. This high speed video presents car safety testing situations recorded with the pco.dimax cs camera.

  • Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments

    In this video, one of Zygo’s applications engineers provides a demonstration of the ZeGageTM 3D optical surface profiler as it measures the roughness of the surface of a sealing valve used in the automotive industry. That might sounds fairly unremarkable, but check out how the system does on a rickety plastic table in a machine shop full of noise and vibration.

  • Buzz At Umicore Booth Over New Catalog Lenses

    John Franks of Umicore tells about the lenses the company provides for applications involving automotive night vision, defense, security and surveillance, thermography, and personal thermal vision. He also shares some exciting news about new catalog lenses that are currently available.

  • Two New Cameras For High-Speed Imaging Applications

    Photron has launched two new cameras over the last few months: the FASTCAM SA-Z and the Mini UX100. North American sales manager Tim Callenbach tells us about them and their role in applications involving ballistics, off-board automotive testing, shockwaves, broadcasting, fluidics, welding, materials science, plasma and arc studies, and more.

  • Vision Components -- A Smart Idea

    Vision Components® changed machine vision monitoring in the industrial manufacturing process with a smart idea. The innovative German manufacturer's smart cameras operate without external devices and work perfectly in quality assurance, efficiency enhancement and retraceability. Pharmaceutics, food or packaging, semiconductors, logistics or automotive -- practice shows that in all industries industrial image processing applications can be optimally solved with intelligent cameras.