White Paper: Automotive

Selecting the Right Camera for Vehicles and Transportation Applications

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With high resolution and wide dynamic ranges, miniaturized digital video cameras are being deployed for safety, security, and law en­forcement applications. They are installed in vehicles, pla­nes, homes, buildings, warehouses, and even on people – in both indoor and outdoor loca­tions. And every day, R&D teams are working on new ways to utilize this technology.

For applications at the intersection of transportation and security, not all cameras are created equal. New demands are being placed on digital cameras that include greater ro­bustness, higher image quality, lower power, and increased reliability. New camera and image sensor pro­ducts are smaller, lighter, and more rug­ged, with sharper image quality. This rapidly advancing technology creates many new options that make it more difficult for product development and design engineers at automotive and heavy truck OEMs to select digital cameras for these applications.

As with any major compo­nent, OEMs should conduct a rigorous evaluation effort to procure a product that can withstand rug­ged, outdoor environments and deliver sharp, vivid images, while ensuring low-power consumption as well as easy installation and setup. Selecting the appro­priate supplier will assure the procurement of a high-quality product, plus eliminate the manufacturing friction points that can add cost and delay new product introduction.

When choosing a camera for these applica­tions, there are five things you must know to make an informed and productive decision that turns a component into a com­petitive advantage for your system.

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