FLIR software for camera integration and ADAS

ByLance T. Lee

Jul 8, 2022

Source: Teledyne FLIR announcement

GOLETA, Calif. ― Teledyne FLIR, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has launched Prism AI, a software framework that provides classification, object detection, and object tracking, allowing perception engineers to quickly start integrate thermal cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle systems (AV).

Designed for automotive perception system developers, Prism includes features such as visible and thermal image fusion and advanced thermal image processing capabilities that provide superior detection of pedestrians and animals in lighting conditions. difficult. This feature is particularly effective at night, which is when more than 79% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2020.

“The Prism AI software model performed well in third-party NCAP Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) testing and will now help perception engineers create more efficient systems,” said Michael Walters, vice president of the product management, Teledyne FLIR. “The combination of Prism AI development tools, plugins, and dataset development gives integrators a way to quickly test and reduce development costs for ADAS or thermal AVs that will help save lives.”

Developers can use Prism AI as primary perception software or as reference software when developing in-house. A suite of Prism AI tools enables streamlined data integration with recently released Teledyne FLIR Conservator™ data lifecycle management software, as well as the industry’s largest thermal and visible formation dataset.

Compatible with market-leading Teledyne FLIR thermal cameras, including Boson®, Tau® 2 and FLIR ADK™, Prism AI also includes features required for production, including authentication between the thermal camera and the electronic control unit, further simplifying development.

By providing the foundation for effective perceptual model development, Prism AI can also help reduce compute costs for commonly used desktop and embedded processors from NVIDIA, Ambarella, Qualcomm, and more.

Combined with the expert Teledyne FLIR Technical Services team available for integration assistance, perception engineers from universities to OEMs now have a complete ecosystem to build thermal ADAS and AV systems.

In the United States, preliminary data for the first half of 2021 from the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated a 17% increase in pedestrian fatalities from the previous year and a 46% jump from 2011.

Thermally enhanced ADAS and AV systems can play a crucial role in reducing the unacceptable number of pedestrian fatalities on the road and will help automotive OEMs meet upcoming regulatory test procedures that include preventing nighttime frontal collisions with pedestrians.

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