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Moulded infrared optics making night vision for cars within reach
Author(s): Antoine Bourget; Yann Guimond; John Franks; Marleen Van Den Bergh
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Paper Abstract

Sustainable mobility is a major public concern, making increased safety one of the major challenges for the car of the future. About half of all serious traffic accidents occur at night, while only a minority of journeys is at night. Reduced visibility is one of the main reasons for these striking statistics and this explains the interest of the automobile industry in Enhanced Night Vision Systems. As an answer to the need for high volume, low cost optics for these applications, Umicore has developed GASIR. This material is transparent in the NEAR and FAR infrared, and is mouldable into high quality finished spherical, aspherical and diffractive lenses. Umicore's GASIR moulded lenses are an ideal solution for thermal imaging for cars (Night Vision) and for sensing systems like pedestrian detection, collision avoidance, occupation detection, intelligent airbag systems etc.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5663, Photonics in the Automobile, (16 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.601470
Show Author Affiliations
Antoine Bourget, Umicore IR Glass (France)
Yann Guimond, Umicore IR Glass (France)
John Franks, Umicore Coating Services (United Kingdom)
Marleen Van Den Bergh, Umicore Optics (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5663:
Photonics in the Automobile
Thomas P. Pearsall, Editor(s)

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