Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced today the signing of an agreement with FLIR Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: FLIR). FLIR is the world’s largest and leading commercial company specializing in the design and production of thermal imaging cameras, components, and imaging sensors. According to the agreement, the parties will establish a strategic cooperation plan for the development, marketing and distribution of Foresight’s QuadSight® vision system, combined with FLIR Systems’ infrared cameras, to a wide range of prospective customers. As part of the agreement, Foresight will exclusively purchase its thermal cameras from FLIR for all systems to be commercialized worldwide.
Foresight will participate in the “Thermal by FLIR” program, a cooperative product development, marketing and product supply program that supports original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and product innovators who use FLIR thermal imaging sensors in their products. As part of the program, Foresight will include the FLIR brand on its products. Current “Thermal By FLIR” partners include Panasonic, Bullitt Group, Blackview and other multinational companies.
“We are seeing a clear and growing global demand for our technology,” said Haim Siboni, CEO of Foresight. “This collaboration agreement will offer us the ability to work directly with OEMs and open new opportunities for our technology. FLIR Systems’ established technology, market position, and reputation will serve to advance the QuadSight system throughout the world.”
“Foresight’s unique QuadSight system, comprised of four thermal and visible-light cameras, showcases the capability of FLIR thermal cameras to greatly improve ADAS and autonomous vehicle safety through improved situational awareness at night, in high-contrast scenes and in bad weather,” said Paul Clayton, General Manager of Solutions Line of Business at FLIR. “The QuadSight system generates precision thermal and visible-light point clouds which contain the distance to objects in the scene which solves many of the navigation problems associated with safer ADAS and autonomous vehicles.”
FLIR Systems, which currently has thermal cameras installed in more than 750,000 automobiles through its Tier One supplier, will utilize its strong relationships within the automotive industry to determine the level of integration of the QuadSight system best suited for its manufacturing partners. This includes offering end-to-end technical expertise ranging from thermal imaging hardware to machine vision development of thermal imaging datasets both in virtual and physical environments.
Both companies will cooperate technologically to optimize the performance of FLIR Systems’ thermal cameras within the QuadSight system in order to achieve the best results under harsh weather and lighting conditions and to develop automotive connectivity solutions.
The QuadSight system was launched in January 2018 at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Foresight regards QuadSight as the industry’s most accurate quad-camera vision system, offering exceptional obstacle detection for semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle safety. Through sensor fusion, QuadSight leverages reflected light from visible-light cameras with thermal energy captured by long-wave infrared cameras for robust accurate object detection of any shape, form or material, in all weather and lighting conditions – including complete darkness, rain, haze, fog and glare. By adapting field-proven security technology that has been deployed for almost two decades, QuadSight offers autonomous vehicles perception capabilities beyond those of human vision and reduces the likelihood of accidents and injuries.
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), founded in 2015, is a technology company engaged in the design, development and commercialization of sensors systems for the automotive industry. Through the company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Foresight Automotive Ltd. and Eye-Net Mobile Ltd., Foresight develops both “in-line-of-sight” vision systems and “beyond-line-of-sight” cellular-based applications. Foresight’s vision sensor is a four-camera system based on 3D video analysis, advanced algorithms for image processing, and sensor fusion. Eye-Net Mobile’s cellular-based application is a V2X (vehicle-to-everything) accident prevention solution based on real-time spatial analysis of clients’ movement.
The company’s systems are designed to improve driving safety by enabling highly accurate and reliable threat detection while ensuring the lowest rates of false alerts. Foresight is targeting the semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle markets and predicts that its systems will revolutionize automotive safety by providing an automotive-grade, cost-effective platform and advanced technology.
About FLIR Systems
Founded in 1978, FLIR Systems is a world-leading industrial technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense, industrial, and commercial applications. FLIR Systems’ vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense,” creating technologies to help professionals make more informed decisions that save lives and livelihoods. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.
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