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Integrating Thermal Technology Into Simulations to Optimize ADAS

Thermal image that clearly sees people and objects in low light conditions.

Autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) can have a hard time “seeing” in dark, foggy or stormy weather. This is because many of these systems rely on conventional sensors that aren’t able to see in low-contrast environments.

Thermal imaging technology is the key to solving such problems, and FLIR Systems will be integrating this technology into ANSYS’ physics-based driving simulator.

Now, with the driving simulator, engineers will be able to include thermal cameras models in their simulations to test and validate ADAS and autonomous systems.

Paul Clayton, general manager at FLIR Systems, says: “Combining FLIR Systems’ cutting-edge automotive thermal cameras with ANSYS’ industry-leading solutions will further improve road hazard detection, helping vehicles sense objects four times farther than the illuminating distance of typical headlights.”

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Thermal Imaging Systems Improve the Safety of ADAS and Autonomous Systems

A comparison of how a thermal camera and conventional camera pick up people at night.

Because the bodies of humans and animals produce heat, they are easily detectible with thermal imaging systems. Therefore, they are a perfect match for future ADAS and autonomous systems that must ensure the safety of pedestrians and pets.

However, engineers will still need to test and validate these systems over millions of road miles. These tests would cost a lot of money and time if they were done using physical prototypes.

Clayton notes, “Enabling engineers, automakers and auto suppliers to rapidly simulate and test countless scenarios greatly reduces reliance on physical prototype testing while cutting development costs and the time required to test. This results in increasing the adoption of thermal technology in automotive safety to help save lives and livelihoods.”

Eric Bantegnie, vice president and general manager at ANSYS, adds: “Leveraging ANSYS’ solutions will enable FLIR Systems to design groundbreaking thermal cameras and empowers automakers to speed the creation and certification of AVs.”

To learn more about how FLIR Systems and ANSYS are improving autonomous and ADAS systems, visit ANSYS at CES. Or watch the video below:

Flir representatives explain how utilizing thermal cameras and simulation in the design of autonomous systems will save lives.