Veoneer partners with Flir Systems for self-driving vehicles

Automotive supplier Veoneer has partnered with Flir Systems for a thermal sensor-equipped autonomous car that will go on the road under the badge of a op global automaker, claims the company in a release.

The self-driving car is planned for launch in 2021 and it will come with level-four-autonomous technology onboard.

As the company claims, Veoneer will be the first in the industry to include multiple thermal sensing cameras that provide both narrow and wide field-of-view capabilities to enhance the safety of self-driving vehicles.

Thermal sensing cameras provide better driving situations compared to other sensor technologies as they are challenged by low-visibility and high-contrast conditions including darkness, shadows, dusk, or sunrise. With the ability to see up to four times farther than headlights at night, thermal sensors detect the heat given off by everything.

Frank Pennisi, President, FLIR Systems’ Industrial Business Unit, said, "As the automotive industry undertakes the enormous technical challenge of building safe autonomous vehicles, cutting-edge sensing technologies, including thermal, are needed to save lives and provide greater situational awareness in all conditions."

Pennisi also said, "FLIR’s automotive-qualified thermal sensing cores are a key component of Veoneer’s thermal sensing cameras and systems, which have proven effective on hundreds of thousands of passenger vehicles to date. This selection shows the value of thermal sensing for self-driving applications, paving the way for future adoption by other automotive manufacturers.”