Scenarios of Infrared Technology in Intelligent Vehicle Field

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As a high-tech technology with a wide range of applications, IR imaging has found in-depth applications in medical, automotive, energy and security, etc. This article will give you a deeper understanding of the applications of infrared in intelligent vehicle’s files, from external sensing to internal monitoring.

< External Sensing (Increase safety and anticipate hazards in advance)>

Vehicle traffic accidents are frequent as the increases of cars’ speed, especially driving during night, rain, snow, fog, and other low visibility weather. These are also major causes of frequent traffic accidents. Statistics show that night driving accounts for only a quarter of overall road traffic, 55% of road accidents always happen at night.

According to published public information, China has 502 million motorists in 2022. There were 61,703 traffic fatalities and 250,723 traffic injuries in China, almost one death every 7 minutes and one injury every 1.5 minutes. With the development of smart cars, the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) market is growing rapidly. ADAS uses a variety of sensors installed in the car to collect data and combine it with map data for system calculations to prejudge dangers to the driver and ensure safe driving.  An onboard camera is one of the essential sensors for ADAS. Common in-vehicle ADAS sensors include optical camera, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), millimeter wave, thermal infrared camera, ultrasonic, etc. Infrared technology has unique advantages in certain scenarios:


Infrared thermal imaging camera identifies obscured pedestrians

In consideration of robustness, in-vehicle ADAS often does not use a single sensor. The addition of infrared thermal imaging camera can add redundancy and reliability to the sensor module, escorting the car to drive safely in complex environments.


         Infrared detectors in vehicles enhance performance and reliability for ADAS sensor modules

< Internal monitoring (Monitor in-vehicle person to ensure environmental comfort and personnel safety)>

In addition to monitoring the external environment, infrared can also be used for in-cabin sensing systems.

Driver monitoring

The purpose of driver monitoring system (DMS) is to detect driver distraction, fatigue or drowsiness, or even unexpected situations that the driver is unable to drive, such as cheating the driver assistance system by using mineral water instead of hands on the wheel or arguing and fighting with passengers. 

Non-intrusive methods are preferred for monitoring, and vision-based systems are more appealing. Major visual cues include facial, hand, or body features.A driver facial monitoring system is a real-time system based on the processing of driver facial images to study the physical and mental states of the driver. The drivers’ states can be detected by eyelid closing, blinking, gaze direction, yawning and head movement.

Infrared spectral imaging is one of the important methods for eye detection and is not easily disturbed by occlusion or light variations. Moreover, since fatigue, sudden illness and emotional agitation may cause an increase in body temperature. Infrared spectral imaging + ordinary vision detection ways is the best choice for DMS systems from a robustness point of view.


Weisheng DMS

Passenger condition monitoring

Ordinary camouflage is mainly aimed at preventing visible light observation, so the addition of infrared thermal imaging in security equipment is beneficial identifying and finding partially concealed objects, thus preventing, and reducing crime.


Number of children heatstroke in vehicles in the U.S. 1998-2020             

Source: No Heatstroke, Haitong Securities  


Causes of children's heatstroke in vehicles in the U.S. 1998-2020

Source: No Heatstroke, Haitong Securities


In-vehicle temperature monitoring

Next to the previous point of monitoring passenger conditions, infrared technology can also be applied for in-vehicle temperature monitoring, in conjunction with an intelligent cockpit to deliver timely in-vehicle safety warnings to drivers. If the driver is unable to get to the car in time to rescue forgotten pets and children, the car's air-conditioning system can be turned on by remote control to prevent passenger safety accidents caused by the heat inside the car. More importantly, before using the car, the driver can turn on the AC in advance to reduce the discomfort caused by the high/low temperature and dense air inside the car, thus increasing the efficiency of using the car.

Prevent suspicious intrusion

Infrared technology can identify suspicious people at the side of a car and sound an alarm if they appear to be trespassing to prevent intrusions, paired with car recorders and Automotive monitoring systems make criminals visible.

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