Osram Launches Infrared LED Enabling Gesture Control in Cars to Strengthen Automotive Driving Technology

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and technologies previously designed for mobile devices, such as facial recognition, eye tracking or gesture control, are increasingly making their way into the automotive sector. These technologies are based on infrared light. The smaller and more powerful the required components, the easier they are to integrate into complex designs. Osram’s Oslon Piccolo now offers an extremely compact infrared LED (IRED) that packs enormous power in a small package, making it ideal for customers.


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Autonomous driving will lead the way causing cars to be equipped with more and more functions to make the interaction between occupants and vehicles more intuitive. An autonomous vehicle will have a fundamentally different interior design than current models. Instead of the classic dashboard, drivers can now use voice assistants for navigation and control simple functions via gesture control with other user interfaces.

Thanks to gesture recognition, completely new ways of using displays were also created. For example, when navigating to a destination, the vehicle displays a map with the corresponding route. At the edges of the image, different menu items for operating the display are often shown in a standardized way – which in turn takes away space from displaying the map. With the help of gesture recognition, menu items are only shown when the driver moves his hand towards the display, allowing the route to appear full screen.

"The advantages of the Oslon Piccolo really pay off when used in conjunction with indoor displays," explains Walter Rothmund, Marketing Manager for Sensing at Osram Opto Semiconductors. "Thanks to its extremely compact dimensions of only 1.6 mm x 1.6 mm and a package height of only 0.81 mm, the IRED can be installed easily in a small space.” With a DC power of 1.15 W at 1 A and very fast switching times of 10 ns, the component is suitable as both a constant light source for a camera-based application and for 3D image acquisition with modulated or fast pulsed light. The automotive-qualified component is available in two different wavelengths: 850 nm and 940 nm.

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