Build Safer, Smarter Cars with Thermal Cameras

Create the next generation of safer advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles using cost-effective Teledyne FLIR thermal cameras.


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Benefits of Teledyne FLIR Thermal Cameras on ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles


Thermal cameras see through a wide variety of conditions including darkness, sunlight, headlight glare, shadows, and most fog 24 hours a day.  They are especially good at detecting pedestrians, bicyclists, large animals, and other vulnerable road users. 


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Thermal imagery fills the performance gaps where existing vision sensors are challenged.  They offer redundancy as well as complement existing visible sensors, radar, and LIDAR  to improve detection and classification algorithms immediately through multispectral sensor fusion.

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Teledyne FLIR is the global leader in thermal camera quality and production for automotive, defense, industrial, and commercial uses.  Teledyne FLIR produces the only US-manufactured, automotive-qualified thermal sensor that has been installed on nearly a million passenger vehicles. 

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See What Your ADAS is Missing

Five test cases were developed based on Euro NCAP testing protocols. The tests included scenarios not currently in standard AEB positive detection testing. The results are compelling. The fused thermal AEB system was successful in 25 of 25 tests at effectively preventing pedestrian injury with only two instances where the vehicle contacted, but did not knock down the SPT (soft pedestrian target).


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Meet our Customers and Partners

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Veoneer’s Vehicle equipeed with their fourth generation Night Vision System

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Thermal Images Captured with Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors

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Products and Solutions

Start Testing with the Teledyne FLIR ADK™

Teledyne FLIR Automotive Development Kit (ADK) offers plug-and-play installation to start testing thermal cameras for ADAS and AV development projects. It includes a 640 x 512 resolution Boson® thermal camera in a heated all-weather IP67 housing and USB, GMSL, or FPD-Link interfaces. Interested in a thermal vision enhancement system for today’s vehicles, please see PathFindIR II.

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Thermal Vision for ADAS and AV Developers

FREE Thermal Dataset for Algorithm Training

The free thermal image dataset for ADAS and AV algorithm developers quickly evaluate the vehicle safety algorithm performance, neural network testing, and thermal sensors, such as the FLIR ADK™. It features more than 26,000 annotated thermal and RGB images captured at day and night. The dataset includes classification of fifteen groups: bike, car, motorcycle, bus, train, truck, traffic light, fire hydrant, street sign, dog, skateboard, stroller scooter, and other vehicle.

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Integrate Thermal Cameras Faster with Prism AI

Prism AI software framework provides classification, object detection, and object tracking enabling perception engineers to quickly start integrating thermal cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) systems. Developers can use Prism AI as the primary perception software or as reference while taking advantage of camera calibration tools, along with visible-and-thermal fusion and advanced image processing capabilities that offer superior perception capability, especially for pedestrian and animal detection.

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Accelerate AI Deployment with Conservator

Conservator™, an affordable, cloud-based dataset development software to help perception engineers accelerate AI development using thermal infrared and visible image datasets to train neural networks. Conservator includes dataset workflow tools for annotation, curation, quality assurance, and dataset version control to meet the demands of data scientists in automotive, defense, security, and smart cities applications.

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See how adding Teledyne FLIR thermal sensors to autonomous vehicles and ADAS can make vehicles safer by improving perception and filling gaps created by other sensors.

Automatic Emergency Braking Fused with Thermal Can Save Lives

Automatic Emergency Braking Fused with Thermal Can Save Lives

Existing AEB systems are powered by radar and visible cameras and none feature a thermal imaging camera. In our tests, we showed that Teledyne FLIR thermal cameras and the Research Vehicle consistently stopped safely in challenging conditions.

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Thermal Cameras and Automatic Emergency Braking

Testing Automatic Emergency Braking with FLIR Thermal Cameras

Testing Automatic Emergency Braking with FLIR Thermal Cameras

Three test cases were conducted in both daylight and darkness, giving six datasets and 35 total test runs using an adult Euro NCAP Pedestrian Target (EPTa). Test results were promising. In all runs for all six test cases, the AEB system successfully brought the VUT to a stop before reaching the EPTa.

Creating Safer Roads of Tomorrow

Creating Safer Roads of Tomorrow

Drive with clarity, even in the most challenging road conditions. Not one technology alone can create safer roads of tomorrow, but with the power of 3 sensor suites, achieve the impossible with thermal imaging.


Test Results: AEB Fused with Thermal Can Save Lives


Read these test results that show how thermal cameras fused with AEB help save lives.

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What Automotive Engineers and Developers Need to Know About Thermal Imaging

Learn how adding thermal cameras to your vehicles can improve roadway safety by enabling more advanced automatic braking.

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Two Thermal Cameras Are Better Than One

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Recent News

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Valeo and Teledyne FLIR Announce Agreement and First Contract for Thermal Imaging for Automotive Safety Systems

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Teledyne FLIR Object Detection and Tracking Software Accelerates Thermal Camera Integration for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles

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Teledyne FLIR Releases Free Expanded Starter Thermal Dataset for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicle Testing

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