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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2006
  • pp: 7248–7254

Range gated active night vision system for automobiles

Ofer David, Norman S. Kopeika, and Boaz Weizer  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 28, pp. 7248-7254 (2006)

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Night vision for automobiles is an emerging safety feature that is being introduced for automotive safety. We develop what we believe is an innovative new night vision system using gated imaging principles. The concept of gated imaging is described and its basic advantages, including the backscatter reduction mechanism for improved vision through fog, rain, and snow. Evaluation of performance is presented by analyzing bar pattern modulation and comparing Johnson chart predictions.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(110.2960) Imaging systems : Image analysis
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems
(110.3000) Imaging systems : Image quality assessment
(110.7050) Imaging systems : Turbid media
(290.1310) Scattering : Atmospheric scattering

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: March 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 2006

Ofer David, Norman S. Kopeika, and Boaz Weizer, "Range gated active night vision system for automobiles," Appl. Opt. 45, 7248-7254 (2006)

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