TriEye, a Tel-Aviv based start-up and developer of Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) sensing technology that enhances visibility in adverse weather and night time conditions, has unveiled what it claims is the world's first CMOS-based SWIR camera.

A number of companies are collaborating with TriEye and are evaluating the new device - the Sparrow - and among them is the global automotive supplier DENSO.

The evaluation of Sparrow by DENSO, along with Porsche, and additional TriEye customers, is looking to assess the product’s ability to deliver mission-critical image data under a wide range of scenarios, made possible by leveraging the unique physical properties of the SWIR spectrum. The sensor is particularly effective in low visibility conditions such as identifying black ice, dark clothed pedestrians, and cyclists - all under low-light or other common low visibility conditions, detection scenarios that are paramount for the automotive industry.

“We are proud and delighted to announce our collaboration with DENSO which marks a meaningful step forward in delivering our mission of solving the low visibility challenge,” said Avi Bakal, TriEye’s Co-Founder and CEO, “The joint work has been greatly beneficial since day one, bringing together DENSO’s innovative approach and market experience with TriEye groundbreaking technology.“

TriEye aims to solve the low-visibility challenge on the roads by making SWIR cameras affordable and accessible for the global mass market. The release of Sparrow, said to be the world’s-first CMOS-based SWIR camera, marks a major milestone towards that goal. The company is expected to launch the first samples of Raven, a CMOS-based SWIR HD camera, later this year.

TriEye’s SWIR camera can be integrated as a standard visible camera and can reuse existing visible image AI algorithms, which saves the effort of recollecting and annotating millions of miles. The camera will allow Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) to achieve unprecedented vision capabilities to save lives on the roads.

InGaAs-based SWIR cameras have been around for decades, serving the science, aerospace, and defence industries, but have not been used for mass-market applications due to their high costs and large form factor. Based on a decade of nanophotonics research, TriEye has been able to fabricate a CMOS-based HD SWIR sensor at scale, which is small size and 1000x lower cost than current technology.

In addition to the evaluation by TriEye's automotive customers, the company has already delivered samples of the Sparrow to non-automotive customers.