Automotive thermal imaging camera in city vehicles.

Automotive thermal imaging camera in public transport.

The functional purpose of the thermal imaging camera


  • Observation of the traffic situation in difficult conditions (night time, fog, smoke, illumination of headlights of oncoming traffic) for the driver or operator when stationary

  • Reliable detection of potentially dangerous objects on the road (people, animals, cars)

  • Automatic detection of objects with further processing

The main purpose of the camera is to reduce the likelihood of a traffic accident.

  • The total number of victims per year ~ 200 thousand, ~ 10% of the deaths
  • Social losses ~ 130 billion euros (European Union, EuroNCAP roadmap 2020)
  • At night, there are about twice as many road fatalities as during the daytime (EuroNCAP roadmap 2020)

EuroNCAP 2018 Recommendations – Installing Thermal Imaging Cameras

  • Improved visibility of people and animals on the road – even during daytime

The device of a car thermal imaging camera and advantages over analogues

  • Compound:
  1. Thermal imaging module based on DSP processor
  2. Sealed housing
  • Advantages of a DSP based solution:
  1. Algorithms for automatic pedestrian detection
  2. Heat-body alignment
  3. Obstacle distance measurement
  • DSP-solution allows you to create a module on a domestic element base
  • Own development of the thermal imaging module and construct
  • Analogs: Flir (USA) – the market leader in thermal imaging systems – restrictions on supplies, low technical characteristics (frame rate 9 Hz – impairs the perception of dynamic traffic conditions)
  • There are no domestic analogues
  • Own development of the module – prompt solution of issues of installation and modification of systems, repair and modernization
  • Open interfaces for system integrators
  • Stationary installation of cameras at intersections, pedestrian crossings for the purpose of automatic analysis of the traffic situation (detection and counting of vehicles and pedestrians)