ADAS safety features are becoming the norm in the European car market and many drivers like the extra sense of security they provide. Now, one company in the USA is promoting another option to boost road safety: thermal cameras.
Thermal cameras act more like sensors than cameras. They don’t work with reflected light, but measure the thermal energy generated and radiated by objects and living beings.
FLIR, a leading manufacturer of thermal cameras and other visibility technologies, believes that thermal cameras mounted on the front of a vehicle could complement ADAS and help to improve conditions for pedestrians, animals and drivers at night.
The technology functions even in total darkness and has the ability to see in misty conditions. On the downside, thermal cameras are still relatively expensive, limiting their current potential appeal to high-end car brands. One to watch in the future…