Veoneer, the spinoff from Swedish airbag maker Autoliv, has taken its thermal-sensing technology to a new level for a debut on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
The fourth generation, called Night Vision, aimed for better forward visibility for drivers by using a wider field-of-view thermal camera with greater resolution compared with the previous generation.
It extends road coverage, improves detection and provides a sharper image to the driver — all of which required updates to not only the detection device and camera, but also to its algorithms, said Stuart Klapper, chief marketing executive at Veoneer.
"We're able to detect animals that might be three or four times further than the headlights allow you to see on the road," Klapper told Automotive News. "You start off by developing the sensor that actually sees the objects on the roads, and then you have to confirm that the algorithms are working properly.
"A lot of the autonomous-driving systems out there use a variety of sensor modalities — vision cameras, lidars, radars," Klapper added. "The nice thing about this thermal device is it allows you to see in total darkness."