FLIR brings thermal imaging to vehicles with Automotive Development Kit

FLIR Systems’ new Automotive Development Kit (ADK), which is based on the company’s Boson thermal imaging camera core, is designed for the development of next-generation automotive thermal vision and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

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FLIR Systems’ new Automotive Development Kit (ADK), which is based on the company’s Boson thermal imaging camera core, is designed for the development of next-generation automotive thermal vision and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Thermal imagers are already integrated on vehicles from GM, Mercedes, Audi, and BMW, and enable the capture of images well beyond a car’s high beams, noted FLIR. With the new ADK, FLIR’s Boson thermal core will enable the testing, development, and potential integration of a thermal imaging system in a vehicle, and will do so quickly and easy, according to the company.

Boson is an IP67-rated thermal sensor that measures just 21 x 21 x 26.7 mm, with the whole ADK measuring 38 x 38 x 42.5 mm. The thermal array is a 320 x 256 uncooled VOx microbolometer detector with a 12 µm pixel pitch. Featuring a spectral band of 8 – 14 µm, the camera can acquire images at up to 30 fps. FLIR’s new ADK is plug-and-play, and its thermal data ports directly into analytics over standard USB connection, or through an optional NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 connection.

Additionally, the ADK can be added to ADAS systems to complement existing sensors and features a detection range of >100 m, a 24° or 34° field of view, and features three different hardware configurations.

View more information on the FLIR ADK.

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