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Far infrared sensing solution

AdaSky, a start-up specialising in infrared technology, has announced what it describes as a breakthrough in sensor and computer vision algorithms, which will enable self-driving cars to see and understand the road in every weather and driving condition.

The company, which recently came out of stealth mode, has launched Viper, a Far Infrared (FIR) perception solution, that has been specifically designed for the automotive industry in order to deal with dynamic lighting conditions. It combines an FIR thermal camera with advanced computer vision algorithms to let autonomous vehicles see and understand the road and their surroundings in any conditions.

Viper passively collects FIR signals through detection of thermal energy radiated from objects; algorithms process the signals collected by the camera to provide accurate object detection and scene analysis, giving the vehicle the ability to precisely detect pedestrians at a few hundreds of meters, allowing more distance in which to react to driving decisions.

Viper generates a new layer of information, originated from a different band of the electromagnetic spectrum, significantly increasing performance for classification, identification, and detection of objects and of vehicle surroundings, both near and far range.

“The most basic need for an autonomous vehicle is to be able to see and interpret what is happening around it, regardless of road conditions. Existing sensors and cameras can’t meet this need on their own,” said AdaSky Founder, President and CEO, Avi Katz. “To address this, we turned to FIR technology. We adapted the technology for the automotive industry and have been able to create a solution that performs at its best in use cases where other sensors fail.”

Neil Tyler

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