Armstrong Optical car imaging system prevents blind spots during refresh periods

Dec. 4, 2010
The N-Drive thermal imaging system for automobiles provides detection distances to people of more than 600 m and vehicles to greater than 1 km.

The N-Drive thermal imaging system for automobiles provides detection distances to people of more than 600 m and vehicles to greater than 1 km. It is ready to operate on startup and operates at a full 50 Hz frame rate so no blind spots occur during refresh periods.
Armstrong Optical
Northampton, England

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No Blind Spots With N-Driver

The new N-Driver system from Armstrong Optical Ltd (Northampton, UK) is a major leap forward in road and rail safety allowing increased driver visibility under all weather and lighting conditions.

N-Driver is an easily installed thermal imaging system offering features such as optimum resolution, fast frame-rate and excellent field of view and can act as a drivers "third eye" enhancing the driving experience.

It is currently estimated that more than 50% of all fatal accidents occur on roads during the hours of darkness and that collisions at night would decrease by almost 60% if drivers had been able to react 0.5s earlier (equating to ~15m additional reaction distance at 100km/hr).

Simple installation of a thermal imaging drivers aid will not only enhance the driving experience but overcome blinding by oncoming headlights, provide earlier warning of hidden obstacles and pedestrians in the roadway and, by increasing situational awareness, help in preventing serious and fatal accidents. The N-Driver system provides detection distances to people of more than 600m and vehicles to greater than 1km.

The N-Driver is ready to operate on start-up and, utilising the latest in thermal sensor technology, provides high resolution imagery in a format that aids driving but does not flood the driver with too much information. Additionally, unlike some other thermal imaging systems that are restricted to a paltry 9Hz, the N-Driver operates at a full 50Hz frame rate ensuring no blind-spots occur during refresh periods.

Working equally well as a general thermal imaging system the N-Driver is currently finding great applicability in all travel areas such as road, marine and rail, as well as general fixed and mobile position security and surveillance.

Armstrong Optical Ltd was founded in 1997 with the remit of introducing the FISBA OPTIK phase shifting interferometry systems to the UK with complementary optical metrology products and interferometry accessories. Over the years Armstrong Optical has grown and now provides a wide range of optical metrology and imaging products & systems to a diverse array of industries with an even broader variety of application requirements, as well as having access to international optical component manufacture and electro-optical sub assembly capacity.


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