Kyocera Develops World's First* Automotive Night Vision System with White and Near-Infrared Light Diodes Integrated into a Single GaN Laser Device
Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto) announced today that it has developed an Automotive Night Vision System that can accurately identify collision-risk objects in low-visibility driving conditions, such as at night, or in rain, snow, fog, or smoke. The system is expected to reduce traffic accidents and promote safer driving.
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Images for (a) Automotive Night Vision System and (b) Illumination Image (Left) and Sensing Image (Right) (Graphic: Business Wire)
Kyocera's Automotive Night Vision features the first headlight in the world that can emit both white (RGB) and near-infrared (NIR) light on the same optical axis; this allows higher accuracy object recognition than alternative technologies. The system integrates RGB-NIR sensors and a unique "Image-Fusion AI Recognition Technology" developed by Kyocera for high performance object recognition. In addition, Kyocera has developed another generative AI feature to create training data for more cost-efficient learning and product development.
*For headlights using white and near-infrared light in a single SMD device (Kyocera research, September 2022)
Video: Introducing Kyocera's New Automotive Night Vision System
To reduce traffic accidents and promote autonomous driving, automakers will require more advanced hazard-detection systems. The global market for Automotive Night Vision Systems was estimated at approximately $2.17 billion+ in 2020. Furthermore, the market is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of more than 16.5%+ from 2020 to 2027. Kyocera's new night vision system will help prevent traffic accidents by notifying drivers of hazards in adverse driving environments, a benefit made possible only through the innovative integration of visible and near-infrared images using proprietary fusion recognition AI technology.
+Source: Reportocean, "Global Automotive Night Vision System Market by Technology Type" Nov. 3rd, 2021
System Features and Benefits
 Laser headlight integrates white and near-infrared light on the same optical axis
 More accurate object recognition using Kyocera's proprietary fusion recognition AI technology
** Received the Symposium and Sensing via Image Information (SSII) Distinguished Academic Award.
 AI significantly reduces development costs while improving recognition performance
Kyocera will continue R&D for this system, aiming for commercialization after 2027. We will also contribute to making transportation safer and more secure through traffic-monitoring infrastructure technologies, such as smart road-side units (RSUs) and other equipment, while adapting our technologies to other diverse applications ranging from nighttime security to delivery systems.
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