15 January 2018
Osram’s lasers featured in LIDAR and ADAS solutions at AutoMobili-D 2018
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In booth #AD14 at the North American International Auto Show’s AutoMobili-D 2018 in Detroit, MI, USA (14-21 January), Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH of Regensburg, Germany is demonstrating how its high-power 905nm-wavelength infrared pulse lasers are helping to speed the adoption of autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Osram Opto’s pulse laser diodes have been featured in cars for more than 10 years for time-of-flight (TOF) measurements in adaptive cruise control (ACC) systems and automatic braking systems. At AutoMobili-D, Osram is showcasing its laser and LEDs in a number of applications for autonomous vehicles and ADAS, including:
- An industry-first long-range infrared 4D camera concept from Vergence Automation uses 190 Osram infrared LEDs (4D imaging, when applied to autonomous vehicle use, will be a benefit to computer vision, machine learning, and deep learning).
- The GazeT Driver Monitoring Global Shutter Image Sensor Demo System from ON Semiconductor uses Osram’s 940nm infrared LEDs.
Osram lasers dedicated to light detection and ranging (LiDAR) applications are based on its efficient, high-power 905nm-wavelength infrared pulse laser. The short pulse length allows systems operating at high optical power levels to realize large detection ranges while still being safe for the naked eye, says Osram.
“Osram is pleased to be working with leading companies to enable widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles and ADAS,” says regional marketing manager Rajeev Thakur. “Joining forces with companies like Vergence Automation and ON Semiconductor is a testament to Osram’s leadership in the development and future of autonomous vehicles,” he claims.
“Osram is a great technology partner for developing our 4D camera that utilizes a patented 4D pixel to perform 3D image creation,” comments Vergence’s chief product officer Jamie Retterath. “The 4D pixel has the potential to displace TOF for all future 3D imaging applications.”