AdaSky says its Viper is the first far infrared sensor integrated into smart headlights
AdaSky, a startup making far infrared (FIR) technology a mass market solution, announced that its FIR sensor, Viper, will be the first thermal-sensing camera to be integrated in a vehicle’s headlights.
At CES, attendees viewed AdaSky’s FIR technology in Magneti Marelli’s smart headlights that feature the Viper FIR sensor, which uses the Nvidia Drive platform.
FIR cameras are mainly integrated into the vehicle’s grill. Integration in the headlamp means the sensor is in closer proximity to other sensors, which enables better fusion. Sensor protection and cleaning is easier to maintain as well.
New computer-vision capabilities of Viper include multi-class object detection and classification, which enables a vehicle to simultaneously detect and classify pedestrians, vehicles, trucks, bicycles, and motorcycles. Viper can also detect and segment animals and other objects in the vehicle’s surrounding environment.
View a side-by-side video of AdaSky’s multi-class detection in action:
Viper passively collects the FIR signal that radiates from objects and other materials and converts it to a VGA video. It then applies AdaSky’s proprietary deep-learning computer-vision algorithms to provide accurate object detection, classification, and scene analysis.
“There is a growing need for our FIR solution. Even two years ago, many OEMs were reluctant to adopt this technology,” said Yakov Shaharabani, CEO, AdaSky. “But now almost any OEM who is in front of the automotive space is seriously evaluating FIR, and we have plenty of projects in place with OEMs.”