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23 September 2009 Contribution to the study of night-time driving devices with thermal cameras and EMCCD
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The reaction time to the occurrence of unexpected events is essential in night-time driving which uses thermal cameras and EMCCD cameras. The present work analyses the implications of monochrome and coloured observation, of in-depth perception of the distance field, of visual accuracy of the display characteristics that the image is shown on, and of the detection matrices corresponding to the two cameras. The paper also looks at the significant impact of the ambient humidity on the fatigue increase due to prolonged observation. The study also contains a comparative analysis of the observation with, and without a reticle in the evaluation of distance elements from the observed scene. The experiments the present study is based on have been realised using a simulation software in LabVIEW. The work presents also particular case studies to be used in the practical analysis of the reaction time to the driving of vehicles and monitoring their traffic during day or night, with the display of the image on LCD. The experiments were based on films acquired in different ambient conditions, with clear atmosphere, with fog or snowing.
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Catalin A. Spulber and Octavia Violeta C. Borcan "Contribution to the study of night-time driving devices with thermal cameras and EMCCD", Proc. SPIE 7481, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications VI, 748110 (23 September 2009);


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