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Low-cost vehicle-mounted enhanced vision system comprised of a laser illuminator and range-gated camera
Author(s): Paul S. Pencikowski
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Paper Abstract

Considerable research has been done regarding the use of enhanced vision as a means to enable a vehicle operator to `see' through bad weather or obscuration such as smoke and dust. This research has generally emphasized Forward-looking infra-red (Flir) and millimeter-wave (radar) technologies. Flir is an acceptable approach if modest performance is all that is required. Millimeter wave radar has distinct advantages over Flir in certain cases, but generally requires operator training to interpret various display-screen presentations. The Northrop Grumman Corporation has begun a major sensor-development program to develop a prototype (eye-safe) laser-illuminator/range-gated camera system. The near-term goal is to field a system that would deliver a minimum of 3000 foot penetration of worst-case fog/obscurant. This image would appear on a display as a high resolution monochromatic image. This paper will explore the concept, the proposed automotive application, and the projected cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2736, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1996, (31 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241036
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Paul S. Pencikowski, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2736:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1996
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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