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Lenses For Gap Measurement
Vision technologies enhance car body measurement accuracy and precision in the automotive industry, utilizing 3D scanners for real-time analysis and vision algorithms.  Continue Reading..
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Lenses For Crash Tests
Using camera systems, extensive data can be collected on the behavior of vehicles and their components during a crash.  Continue Reading..
Lenses For Traffic Infrastructure Control
Cameras and advanced image processing systems are employed for quality and safety control of transport routes, inspecting vehicles for defects, and monitoring road, rail, and overhead line conditions.  Continue Reading..
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Lenses For Street Mapping
Image processing tech is vital for street mapping, employing high-res cameras on vehicles or drones to capture detailed images of roads, buildings, and street elements.  Continue Reading..
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Lenses For Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS)
Vision technologies in intelligent transport systems (ITS) capture and analyze road, vehicle, and pedestrian data in real time, enhancing traffic management, monitoring, and road safety.  Continue Reading..


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.

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.


  • Hyperspectral imaging is emerging as a powerful complementary technology to traditional machine vision, offering enhanced capabilities for automated inspection, sorting, and quality control across various industries.

  • It’s time to decide. LiDAR or camera-based systems for autonomous vehicles. As a public service, Photonics Online is happy to host a debate between the two, the results of which may surprise you.

  • Machine vision systems are transformative technologies with wide-ranging applications across multiple industries.

  • Digital twins enable real-time metrology precision by providing continuous monitoring and analysis of manufacturing processes, allowing for instant detection of defects and deviations from specifications.

  • Automate 2024 and CLEO 2024 are two major upcoming conferences and exhibitions focused on robotics and automation, and lasers and electro-optics, respectively. Let’s take a look at what you can expect if you attend either of these shows.


  • Transducers are electro-mechanical devices that convert electrical energy to mechanical energy or vice versa. A well known and widely used transducer is the so-called "voice coil" transducer that is based on electromagnetic principles and finds applications in speakers and sub-woofers.

  • 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.