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Auto ShowsHot or not: Flir's thermal AV camera gets upgraded at CES 2019

20:20  08 january  2019
20:20  08 january  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Flir , a company that specializes in thermal imaging, came to CES 2019 to show off its second-generation thermal camera development kit. The whole point of the kit is to provide a simple solution for adding thermal recognition to an existing autonomous vehicle platform. This isn't something for

Hot or not : Flir ' s thermal AV camera gets upgraded at CES 2019 . The Matrix PowerWatch 2, launching at CES 2019 , seems to have all the features I'd want: heart rate, step counting, an always-on reflective color screen, 200 meter water resistance, notifications and GPS that the company claims

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Flir's hardware can connect to existing AV platforms using USB or ethernet, but you'll need a few, since each camera works in just a single direction.

When people talk about sensors for self-driving cars, they usually focus on the ones most often talked about: lidar, ultrasonic (parking) sensors and good old-fashioned cameras. Flir came to CES 2019 to tell everyone that we're still missing something.

Flir, a company that specializes in thermal imaging, came to CES 2019 to show off its second-generation thermal camera development kit. The whole point of the kit is to provide a simple solution for adding thermal recognition to an existing autonomous vehicle platform. This isn't something for you or me, unless you're an AV platform developer -- this is largely for suppliers and companies.

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So why care about thermal? According to Flir, it's all about adding an extra layer of mapping to pick up things that other parts of a sensor suite might miss. The company says its infrared camera can detect objects in conditions that would befuddle other types of sensors, like when there's fog or excessive glare from the sun. In theory, the system could detect a car solely by picking up on the heat signatures generated from the friction between its tires and the road.

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Redundancy is a big theme in autonomy -- making sure the car can continually fall back on other systems if the initial ones have troubles -- so consider this camera a little extra peace of mind. The window of the camera is even heated, to help its functionality in adverse weather conditions.

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Thermal imaging company Flir has announced a few new toys and tools that will let users see in the dark The new Flir One features a new image processor and higher resolution visual camera , and is Thermal cameras are not a thing that everyone needs, but they’re fun to use and are the kind of

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To help showcase its tech in something tangible, Flir brought an entire autonomous vehicle to CES 2019, too. Flir's AV is equipped with its own infrared cameras in addition to the standard collection of cameras, lidar and radar. Flir's hardware is integrated into the autonomous emergency braking system, offering another layer of protection against a collision.

Thermal is an oft-overlooked corner of AV development, so it'll be interesting to see where Flir's cameras end up as automakers and suppliers continue to refine their platforms.

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