Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have designed a new pedestrian detection system for cars that works in low-visibility conditions using infrared cameras to capture body heat. The new driving-aid system uses images captured by far infrared with two thermal cameras to identify the presence of individuals in their field of vision. The objective is to alert the driver to the presence of pedestrians in the path of the vehicle, and in the case of cars with automated systems, actually stop the vehicle.

The IVVI 2.0 testbed for the pedestrian detection system. (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

The use of this type of sensors provides the driver with information that goes beyond what he might perceive, something particularly useful in low-visibility conditions such as nighttime driving. The infrared range in which the system operates corresponds to the emission of heat, which allows it to obtain images in conditions of total darkness.

<p.The IVVI 2.0, the car that has become a platform for research and experimentation, incorporates other artificial vision systems that allow it to detect other vehicles and highway lines, read traffic signals, alert the driver with a sound if he starts to fall asleep, and warn of any driving danger.