Military technology to improve ADAS

May 28, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Military technology to improve ADAS
With a technology originally developed for defence applications, Israeli startup TriEye aims to improve driving safety: The company plans to streamline infrared cameras to complement the conventional environmental sensors used in cars. Now the company has raised 17 million dollars in a first round of financing; the main investor is Intel.

TriEye has developed a Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) camera that will allow Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles to achieve flawless vision capabilities under common adverse weather and low-light conditions such as fog, dust or night-time. In the defence and aerospace industry, SWIR cameras have been used for to “see” where standard cameras fail. However, these cameras so far have been too expensive for mass-market applications. 

This is where TriEye comes in. The startup’s product is based on nanophotonics research at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, led by TriEye’s CTO Uriel Levy. The company’s research results enable fabrication of CMOS-based SWIR sensors at scale. Similar to a common digital camera, TriEye's SWIR technology is CMOS-based, enabling the scalable mass-production of SWIR sensors and reducing the cost by a factor of 1,000 compared to current InGaAs-based technology used in expensive defense systems, the company claims. As a result, it is possible to produce an affordable HD SWIR camera in a miniaturized form, supporting easy in-vehicle mounting behind the car’s windshield.

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