Destination ACM: Demonstrating Sensors & Making The Unseen Visible

VSI Labs visits the American Center for Mobility (ACM) once a quarter to showcase the latest advanced safety innovations from its sponsors. This is a unique opportunity for these sponsors to demonstrate their technology to both industry and media. On June 25th of 2021, VSI hosted its second open house at ACM. What made this […]

Open Standards Enable Continuous Software Development In The Automotive Industry

Until recently, the automotive industry was primarily focused on design, development of electronics and mechanics, and manufacturing. Nowadays the software component of new vehicles has become a large portion of the development cost, driven by adding numerous new sensors, intelligent algorithms, very powerful and specialized processors and a highly complex user experience to the vehicle. […]

Time of Flight vs. FMCW LiDAR

Recent papers have presented a number of marketing claims about the benefits of Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR systems. As might be expected, there is more to the story than the headlines claim. This white paper examines these claims and offers a technical comparison of Time of Flight (TOF) vs. FMCW LiDAR for each […]

Calibrating Camera Sensors: What You Need to Know

Cameras are one of the vital sensors for ADAS and automated driving systems. Most systems require at least one forward-facing camera, but advanced safety and autonomous functions will require multi-camera systems to gain a larger field of view. Jacob Miller and Anas Al Badi of VSI Labs examine why this is important, along with other […]

The Importance of U.S. CAV Pilots: Programs, Resources, Technologies & Applications

Across the country cities and states are investing in Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies to improve their transportation systems. Connectivity within the context of automated vehicles serves multiple use cases including V2V, V2I, and I2V communications. Connectivity is expected to be a critical enabler of automated driving to facilitate communication between the roadway and […]

Enhanced Face ID Security Uses 3D TOF Camera

Modern comprehensive face recognition systems are using the advantages of 3D TOF camera systems. They help make security systems more secure, especially against attempts at fooling the system by replaying 2D videos instead of presenting the real face. Today’s modern 3D Time-Of-Flight (TOF) camera technology enables manufacturers of security and locking access or identification systems […]

Match The TOF Sensor With Your Car application

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The current generation of continuous wave Time-of-Flight (cwTOF) sensors requires frequency modulated illumination of a full image scene. Particularly in automotive applications which are calling for large field of views and/or larger distances, this approach is clearly limited by the available illumination power and the eye-safety aspect, despite the use of high sensitivity detectors. Therefore […]

Calibrating Time-Of-Flight Cameras

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By applying clever calibration and compensation methods, distance errors of a Time-of-Flight camera can be significantly reduced. However, to achieve this, the TOF camera needs a calibration of every pixel at several distances over the full pixel field. Commonly this requires a space consuming setup with the camera mounted on a stage with a moving […]