Overview of LIDAR and Infrared Cameras for ADAS and Autonomous Sensing

This ½ day technical session is an abbreviated version of the 2 day SAE course on the same topic. The session will begin with a review of Infrared basics - electromagnetic spectrum, spectral irradiance, night vision and eye safety. We will then dive into LIDAR – flash, scanning, wavelengths, lasers, detectors, scanners, range and resolution calculations, optics, thermal design, challenges to automotive qualification and sensor fusion. The second half will cover Infrared camera topics with focus on driver monitoring for interior and machine vision for exterior. We will review rolling and global shutter imagers, wavelength selection, use of secondary optics, continuous vs pulsed IRED operation, thermal design, power consumption, eye safety certification and HMI considerations. A brief review of iris recognition, cabin monitoring and face recognition. We will end with a short discussion on trends and challenges facing optical sensing in autonomous vehicles. 

What Will You Learn

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:
  • Comprehend electromagnetic spectrum, spectral irradiance, night vision and eye safety
  • Describe various LIDAR architectures based on key design parameters
  • Formulate LIDAR requirements based on an understanding of system edge use cases
  • Prescribe Infrared camera requirements with a comprehension of key variables
  • Calculate IRED and Laser power requirements to meet system needs
  • Gain an overview of challenges and opportunities for sensing trends in ADAS and AV

Course Requirements

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  • ADAS and Autonomous Sensing
    • Market Forces shaping Industry
    • Regulation landscape
    • The Importance of HMI for Level 3
  • Review of Infrared Basics
    • Electromagnetic spectrum
    • Infrared Energy, wavelength and temperature
    • Eye sensitivity to light – Visible and Infrared
    • Photopic, Scotopic and night vision
    • Eye Safety Basics
    • Spectral irradiance on earth – day and Night (Ambient noise)
  • LIDAR Topics
    • LIDAR basics – Laser, Detector, Range calculation
    • Laser Basics
    • Laser types – Edge Emitter, VCSEL, Multimode, Single Mode, stacked, Fiber, single channel, Arrays
    • Detector Basics
    • Wavelength Selection – 905nm, 1550nm, others
    • Laser & Detector Considerations
      • Wavelength Shifts
    • Types of LIDAR – Flash, Scanning
    • Scanner Types – Mechanical Mirrors, MEMS Mirror, Optical phase Arrays, Liquid Crystal scanning
  • Automotive Qualification and ASIL D standard Camera and Image Processing Basics
    • Frame Rate, Shutter Speed and image Accuracy
    • Rolling and Global shutter Camera
  • Infrared Camera Topics
    • Driver Monitoring with NIR
      • System requirements
      • Wavelength Selection
      • Image sensor selection
      • Use of secondary optics
      • Continuous vs Pulsed operation of IRED
      • Thermal design
      • Power consumption
      • Wavelength Shift
      • Eye Safety – certification
    • Exterior Camera with NIR
      • Need for application – Sensor fusion gaps
  • Other Infrared camera applications and Trends
    • Iris Recognition
    • Face Recognition
  • Autonomous Vehicles and Optical Sensors
Trends and challenges