AUTOMOTIVE WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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Case Study: Electric Vehicle Manufacturing And Precision Metrology
Ford Motor Company is an American multi-national automaker that recently announced a plan to invest US$22 billion through 2025 in the electrification of their mobility products.  Continue Reading..
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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.   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..

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.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

AUTOMOTIVE VIDEOS

  • 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.

  • At Photonics West 2017, Frank Weiss with G&H 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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® 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.