The first of its kind, the FLIR thermal dataset is free for ADAS and autonomous vehicle algorithm developers. Available in July 2018, it features an initial set of more than 10,000 annotated summer driving thermal images captured at day and night. The FLIR thermal dataset enables developers to start developing and training convolutional neural networks (CNN), empowering the automotive community to create the next generation of safer and more efficient ADAS and driverless vehicle systems using cost-effective thermal cameras from FLIR.

Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) will revolutionize travel and transport while improving safety. Thermal cameras, along with other sensors, will be used to quickly detect and classify hazards in the road, increasing safety for passengers and pedestrians. As a leading OEM to Tier 1 automotive suppliers for 10+ years, FLIR has the reputation of delivering high performance, reliable night vision systems for pedestrian and animal detection. Developed with this expertise, the new FLIR ADK™ is the fastest way for developers to integrate a thermal camera into their ADAS development platform and quickly demonstrate the value thermal sensors bring to AEB and autonomous driving.

To learn more about thermal sensors and ADAS, download the FLIR ADAS Primer.


Why Thermal?

Thermal cameras provide the ability to classify and identify objects at high speeds, in the dark, and through obscurants (fog, sun glare, smoke) 24 hours a day. Because they see heat, they have a unique ability to identify people and animals better than other ADAS sensor technologies. Including thermal in the suite of ADAS sensors increases the driving system’ situational awareness, making the system more reliable.

Detect and identify people and animals in cluttered environments:

ADK Cluttered Environment

See clearly in challenging light conditions:

See further than high beams:



FLIR has been a leading OEM to Tier 1 automotive suppliers for 10+ years, supplying reliable night vision for pedestrian and animal protection. Close to half a million thermal sensors from FLIR are on the roads today, making the roads safer. Fire rescue, recreational vehicles, maritime and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) all benefit from seeing in total darkness offering more time to react to pedestrians, cars, animals and virtually any other hazard to avoid an accident. To learn more about our aftermarket products, check out the PathFindIR II.


FLIR’s solution: Automotive Development Kit (ADK)


Built around the revolutionary FLIR Boson® thermal camera core, the FLIR ADK® is the fastest way to develop the next generation of automotive thermal vision and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The ADK’s rugged, IP67-rated 12µm thermal sensor is a fraction of the size of the current systems, installation is plug-and-play, and driving with the system is simple. The ADK’s thermal data ports directly into analytics over standard USB connection, or through an optional NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX 2 (GMSL) connection. Multiple hardware configurations are available to meet various integration needs.

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