Automotive Infrared Night Vision System Research Report, 2021
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Infrared night vision research: as 60% traffic accidents happen at night, infrared imaging technology comes as an effective solution.

This report combs through development trends and market size of automotive infrared night vision, technology routes of main Chinese and foreign night vision system suppliers, and night vision system application of OEMs.

The statistics show that China saw nearly 200,000 traffic accidents happen every year in recent years, 60% of which took place at night and caused 50% of death toll. It is more dangerous to drive at night for the factors such as insufficient lighting and low visibility make drivers miss out or misjudge road conditions. Infrared thermography which is free of visible light can recognize targets with vital signs accurately either in the daytime or at night. With its anti-glare merit, this technology has great potential to protect driving safety at night.

In 2021H1, the sales of passenger cars equipped with night vision systems surged.

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From the sales of passenger cars packing night vision systems in China, it can be seen that despite an annualized plunge of 32.0% during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the automobile industry has resumed production in China’s efforts to control the outbreak, selling 3,655 cars with night vision systems in the first half of 2021 alone, a like-on-like spurt of 231.4%. Wherein, Cadillac, Audi and Volkswagen models were the key contributors to the soaring sales of night vision systems in this period.

In current stage, night vision systems still tend to be mounted on high-class models. Through the lens of the sales of passenger cars packing night vision systems in recent two years, those priced above RMB300,000 swept over 85% of the sales, of which the higher than RMB500,000 cars occupied over 60% share. Meanwhile, cars with prices ranging from RMB250,000 to RMB300,000 carried night vision systems as well, sharing 10.3% of the sales in 2020.

The declining cost of infrared detectors and the improving policies make automotive infrared night vision a promising market.

In the past, high price was an enduring constraint on wide adoption of automotive infrared night vision systems. The technology advances have driven down the cost fast:

  • The maturing wafer-level and 3D packaging helps to lower the cost of detectors, a key component of infrared night vision system.
  • The homemade infrared sensors break the foreign monopoly, having a considerable cost advantage.
  • Smaller pixel size drags down the cost of both infrared detector and system integration. Raytron Technology already develops the world’s first large area array uncooled infrared detector with pixel spacing of 8μm and area array size of 1920× 1080, meeting the needs of high-end products that require high resolution and light weight.

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The National Technical Committee of Auto Standardization has released the Automotive Active Infrared Detection System (Draft for Comments) and the Automotive Passive Infrared Detection System (Draft for Comments). The deadline for comments is September 27, 2021. The European New Car Assessment Program (E-NCAP) again introduced a range of new tests in the E-NCAP 2018, including AEB cyclist test, pedestrian detection in dark and hazy lighting conditions, and vehicle under test (VUT) hid by obstacles. As the relevant laws and regulations are further improved, the automotive night vision system market has a rosy prospect.

Infrared imaging technology finds ever wider application in autonomous driving.

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The application of infrared imaging technology in autonomous driving has become more widespread over the past years, for example:

  1. In December 2020, Zoox introduced its first autonomous battery electric vehicle equipped with the thermal imaging camera provided by Teledyne FLIR. This device can accurately recognize and classify objects in urban streets around the clock.
  2. In March 2021, Apple was granted a patent for the night vision system that combines visible light, near-infrared (NIR), and long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensors. The system is applicable to autonomous vehicles.
  3. On the first day of the Auto Shanghai 2021, Didi Autonomous Driving and Volvo jointly launched “DiDi Gemini”, a new-generation L4 autonomous test vehicle which packs a total of 50 sensors including 1 infrared camera.
  4. In May 2021, ADASTEC integrated two Teledyne FLIR thermal imagers into its automation platform, with the primary focus on improving detection and safety of all vulnerable road users on or near the road and at bus stops.

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Safety is a frequent topic of autonomous driving. Also, autonomous driving needs to have the ability to perceive beyond visual range and work 24/7, in all weather conditions. Infrared imaging technology can meet its needs.

Infrared sensors are a complement to visible light cameras that fail to detect pedestrians in dark conditions. They are not only more affordable than LiDAR but a remedy for the natural defect of LiDAR that it cannot classify objects. 

Moreover, infrared sensors can work all day long, which is required by autonomous driving, and provides a longer visual range (the average active vehicle infrared night vision system detects 150m to 200m, and the average passive vehicle infrared night vision system up to 300m). Infrared thermography thus becomes an indispensable technology in the autonomous driving night vision field. The technology will fuse and work with other sensors to make driving safer by playing their respective role. As its price goes down, it will expedite the application of autonomous driving technologies.

As Adasky, an infrared night vision device vendor, said, its Viper infrared thermal imager is not launched to replace a certain type of sensor but works with this sensor to fill the targeted gaps left by other solutions in autonomous driving, so that vehicles have a stronger ability to perceive the surroundings and make decisions.

1 Automotive Infrared Night Vision Technologies
1.1 Definition and Classification of Infrared
1.1.1 Comparison of Advantages and Disadvantages between Infrared and the Other Four Types of Sensors
1.1.2 Application of Infrared Technology in Vehicles
1.1.3 Classification of Application of Infrared Technology in Vehicles
1.2 Definition and Working Principle of Infrared Thermal Imager
1.3 Definition and Classification of Infrared Detector
1.4 Infrared Night Vision Technology
1.4.1 Classification of Night Vision Technology
1.4.2 Active Infrared Night Vision Technology
1.4.3 Passive Infrared Night Vision Technology
1.5 Laws and Regulations Concerning Infrared Night Vision
1.6 Definition of Automotive Night Vision Driving Assistance System
1.6.1 Advantages of Automotive Night Vision Driving Assistance System

2 Automotive Infrared Night Vision System Market 
2.1 Global Civil Infrared Market Size, 2015-2023E
2.2 Global Infrared Thermography Market Structure, 2020 
2.3 Automotive Infrared Night Vision Market Size in China, 2019-2021
2.4 Sales of Vehicles Equipped with Night Vision Systems (by Price) in China, 2019-2021 
2.5 Sales of Vehicles Equipped with Night Vision Systems (by Model) in China, 2019-2021
2.6 Sales of Vehicles Equipped with Night Vision Systems (by Region) in China, 2019-2021
2.7 Automotive Infrared Night Vision Industry Chain
2.7.1 Infrared Night Vision System Industry Chain
2.7.2 Layout of Industry Chain Vendors
2.7.3 Comparison of Products between Major Night Vision System Suppliers Inside and Outside China 
2.7.4 Technology Routes and Target Markets of Major Night Vision System Suppliers Inside and Outside China 
2.7.5 Comparison of Products between Major Thermal Imager Suppliers Inside and Outside China  
2.8 Market and Technology Trends
2.8.1 Technology Trends
2.8.2 Market Trend 1
2.8.3 Market Trend 2
2.8.4 Market Trend 3

3 Night Vision System Application of OEMs
3.1 Overview of Night Vision System Application of OEMs 
3.1.1 Status Quo of Application 
3.1.2 Technical Solutions
3.1.3 System Startup and Activation 

3.2 BMW
3.2.1 Overview of Night Vision System
3.2.2 3rd-generation Night Vision System

3.3 Mercedes-Benz
3.3.1 Overview of Night Vision System
3.3.2 Composition of Night Vision System 
3.3.3 Operation and Activation Conditions of Night Vision System

3.4 Audi
3.4.1 Overview of Night Vision System
3.4.2 Main Functions of Audi A8L Night Vision System
3.4.3 Camera and Control Unit of Audi A8L Night Vision System
3.4.4 Service Conditions and Operations Manual of Audi A8L Night Vision System

3.5 General Motors 
3.5.1 Eagle Eye Night Vision System
3.5.2 Superhuman LiDAR

3.6 Volkswagen
3.6.1 Infrared Night Vision System
3.6.2 Composition of Touareg Infrared Night Vision System
3.6.3 Installation of Phideon Night Vision System

3.7 BYD
3.7.1 Night Vision System
3.7.2 Installation Cases of Sirui HUD Night Vision System 
3.7.3 Laser Night Vision System

3.8 Other Cases
3.8.1 Installation Cases of Rolls-Royce Night Vision System 
3.8.2 Installation Cases of DS7 Night Vision System 
3.8.3 Installation Cases of Borgward Night Vision System 
3.8.4 Installation of Peugeot 508L Night Vision System 
3.8.5 Installation Cases of Hongqi H7 Night Vision System 
3.8.6 Porsche Night Vision Assist System
3.8.7 Toyota Night Vision System
3.8.8 Voyah FREE Night Vision System
3.8.9 Apple Car Night Vision System

4 Automotive Infrared Night Vision System Suppliers
4.1 Veoneer
4.1.1 Profile
4.1.2 R&D and Application of Vehicle Night Vision System
4.1.3 Evolution of Vehicle Infrared Night Vision System Technology 
4.1.4 Features of 3rd-generation Vehicle Night Vision System
4.1.5 Features of 4th-generation Vehicle Night Vision System
4.1.6 Cooperated with FLIR to Mass-produce Thermal Imaging Systems

4.2 Xuanyuan iDrive
4.2.1 Profile
4.2.2 Overview of Parent Company Guide Infrared
4.2.3 Infrared Night Vision Technology Roadmap 
4.2.4 Far Infrared Night Vision Obstacle Avoidance Systems
4.2.5 Parameters of IR313 Far Infrared Night Vision Obstacle Avoidance System 
4.2.6 Commercial Vehicle Autonomous Driving Fusion Solution
4.2.7 Vehicle Infrared Thermography Driving Assistance System
4.2.8 Partners

4.3 Protruly Vision Technology
4.3.1 Profile
4.3.2 Vehicle Night Vision System

4.4 Guangzhou SAT Infrared Technology 
4.4.1 Profile
4.4.3 NV628 Vehicle Interior Night Vision System: Functions
4.4.2 NV628 Vehicle Interior Night Vision System: Parameters 
4.4.4 NV618W Vehicle Exterior Night Vision System (WIFI Version): Features  
4.4.5 NV618W Vehicle Exterior Night Vision System (WIFI Version): Parameters   
4.4.6 NV618S Vehicle Integrated Dual-channel Night Vision System: Features
4.4.7 NV618S Vehicle Integrated Dual-channel Night Vision System: Parameters 
4.4.8 Partners  
4.5 Shenzhen Tianzhi Automotive Electronic Technology
4.5.1 Profile
4.5.2 Features of Duovox V9 Full Color Vehicle Night Vision Assist System
4.5.3 Performance Comparison between Vehicle Night Vision Assist System Products

4.6 BrightWay Vision
4.6.1 Profile
4.6.2 Night Vision System
4.6.3 Night Vision Technology: Active Gated Imaging System (AGIS)
4.6.4 Night Vision Technology: Gate Image Sensor

5 Automotive Infrared Night Vision Suppliers
5.1 Teledyne FLIR
5.1.1 Profile
5.1.2 Features of FLIR PATFINDIR II Thermal Imager  
5.1.3 FLIR Thermal Imaging Automotive Development Kit (ADK) 
5.1.4 FLIR TG275 Infrared Thermal Imager for Vehicle Diagnosis 
5.1.5 FLIR “Unmanned” System Strategy
5.1.6 Application of FLIR Thermal Imager in Autonomous Vehicles
5.1.7 "Thermal by FLIR" Partner Program 
5.1.8 FLIR Cooperated with VSI Labs to Integrate Thermal Sensors in AEB System

5.2 AdaSky
5.2.1 Profile
5.2.2 Far Infrared (FIR) Sensing Technology
5.2.3 Passive Far Infrared Solid State Camera: Viper
5.2.4 Working Principle of Viper
5.2.5 System Effects of Viper

5.3 Ophir 
5.3.1 Profile
5.3.2 Vehicle Night Vision Camera Products (I)
5.3.2 Vehicle Night Vision Camera Products (II) 

5.4 Stoneridge -Orlaco
5.4.1 Profile
5.4.2 Vehicle Night Vision Cameras (I)
5.4.3 Vehicle Night Vision Cameras (II)

5.5 Lynred
5.5.1 Profile 
5.5.2 Development Directions and Planning of Vehicle Infrared Products

5.6 IRay Technology
5.6.1 Profile 
5.6.2 Profile of Parent Company Raytron Technology
5.6.3 Strategic Plan of Parent Company Raytron Technology
5.6.4 Infrared Thermography Layout of Parent Company Raytron Technology
5.6.5 Deployments and Advantages in Vehicle Infrared Night Vision
5.6.6 Parameters of Xsafe-II Vehicle Infrared Night Vision System  
5.6.7 Automotive-grade Thermal Imager
5.6.8 Features of Asens M Automotive-grade Night Vision Infrared Thermal Imager 
5.6.9 Vehicle Infrared Thermal Imaging Products
5.6.10 Intelligent Infrared Thermal Imaging Sensor Solutions for Safe Driving Day and Night
5.6.11 Released Infrared Open Source Platform

5.7 Zhejiang Dali Technology
5.7.1 Profile
5.7.2 EX-25N Vehicle Infrared Thermal Imager 
5.7.3 EX-VI Series Vehicle Infrared Thermal Imager: Features 
5.7.4 EX-VI Series Vehicle Infrared Thermal Imager: Application

5.8 North Guangwei Technology
5.8.1 Profile
5.8.2 Passive Vehicle Infrared Night Vision Device  

6 Automotive Infrared Camera Module Suppliers
6.1 Hanwha Systems 
6.1.1 Develop High Performance 3D Night Vision Cameras for Autonomous Driving
6.1.2 Parameters of QuantumRED Intelligent Thermal Imaging Engine Module 

6.2 SEEK Thermal
6.2.1 Profile
6.2.2 Features and Parameters of Micro Core? Vehicle Infrared Camera
6.2.3 Features and Parameters of Mosaic Core? Vehicle Infrared Camera

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