The FLIR automotive development kit (ADK) thermal camera for self-driving vehicles and its free starter thermal dataset are now compatible with Autoware all-in-one open-source software for self-driving vehicles.

FLIR says it is the first thermal camera provider to integrate with Autoware, which enables developers and engineers to test FLIR thermal technology in coordination with existing autonomous vehicle (AV) sensor inputs including LiDAR, radar, GPS, and visible cameras. The free starter thermal dataset, with more than 14,000 annotated thermal images, is intended for developers to start training their algorithms in a cost-effective manner. 

Autoware provides a set of resources composed of sensing, computing, and actuation capabilities. With this development, Autoware users have the option to integrate plug-and-play thermal sensing technology into their respective self-driving vehicle testing. Autoware also provides a simulation environment for those without a test vehicle.

The FLIR ADK is a way to develop the next generation of automotive thermal vision for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and AVs. The ADK’s IP67-rated enclosure incorporates a heated window for all-weather driving. The GMSL and USB interfaces allow plug-and-play installation.