Four Reasons Thermal Cameras Can Improve Automatic Emergency Braking and Save Lives

Despite the increased prevalence and sophistication of automatic emergency braking (AEB) in vehicles today, pedestrian fatalities are climbing. The U.S.-based Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates there were 6,200 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2018, the highest total since 1990. The GHSA also found that during the past 10 years, nighttime crashes accounted for more than 90 percent of the total increase in pedestrian deaths.

Car manufacturers currently include sections in their U.S. owner manuals describing potential situations where AEB or pedestrian collision avoidance systems are challenged.  They include pedestrians in darkness, wearing white, being near walls, pushing a stroller and bending forward to name a few common scenarios. How can AEB systems be improved, especially in cases where visible cameras and radar are challenged? To solve this problem...

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