Hanwha Systems sets up joint venture to produce car night vision sensors

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : September 15, 2021, 16:08 | Updated : September 15, 2021, 16:08

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SEOUL -- Hanwha Systems, a defense contractor involved in the development of high-performance antennas in South Korea, will produce infrared sensors and other components used for car night vision, which is the ability to see in low-light conditions, based on a partnership with Truwin, a company specializing in motor vehicle-related sensors.

Hanwha Systems and Truwin will set up a joint venture with a micro electro mechanical system within this year to produce a micro electro mechanical system (MEMS). Hanwha will control 51 percent of the joint venture and the remainder will be controlled by Truwin. Hanwha Systems described the joint venture as a win-win model, saying it would intensively develop and produce infrared sensors and other sensors for vehicles.

Hanwha Systems' future technology business head Yoon Suk-eun said the partnership is aimed at coping with the rapid expansion of parts markets for fuel cell and electric vehicles and self-driving cars. "Through this joint investment, we will create a new market so that it can be applied to smartphones as well as night vision for vehicles by making to make expensive IR sensors cheaper with innovative technologies," Yoon said.

In April, Hanwha Systems joined a consortium for the development of high-performance night vision technology based on thermal 3D imaging cameras for autonomous driving. By January 2025, the consortium will develop a 3D fusion camera with AI-based deep learning technology that can accurately recognize objects more than 250 meters away in a level 4 autonomous driving environment that requires no intervention from drivers.

Hanwha Systems will develop XGA-class (1024X768 pixels) night vision by applying an intelligent thermal imaging engine module called "Quantum Red" that strengthened temperature measurement functions. The module increases the reliability of thermal imaging cameras for detecting human heat and can be applied to night vision sensors for self-driving technologies. Quantum Red consists of an optical meter, a detector and a signal processing module.
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