Modern cars incorporate an increasing number of optics and photonics technologies. Assisted and autonomous driving rely on multiple sensors including various types of cameras, thermal imagers and short and long-range lidar. In addition, in-cabin displays, driver-monitoring cameras, lighting systems and infotainment systems are now widely used. Furthermore, LED headlights are also commonly found in many modern cars.
This feature issue of Applied Optics will broadly cover all of these automotive optics and photonics technologies. However, the expected focus and interest will be in areas of sensing modalities for assisted driving and autonomous vehicles.
Optics and photonics will play a key role in making self-driving cars a reality. Mass-deployed self-driving cars will likely incorporate sensor fusion of different sensing modalities integrated within each vehicle. Laser-based ranging (lidar) and optical imaging technologies (cameras) are used extensively in autonomous vehicles for mapping and geolocation, as well as on the detection and perception of objects, vehicles, and pedestrians. Low cost, robust, reliable optical sensors for autonomous vehicles is an active area of research in the academic world.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
All submissions need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer review processes of the journal. The standard Applied Optics Publication Charges will apply to all published articles.
Please prepare manuscripts according to the author instructions for submission to Applied Optics and submit through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the Feature Issue on Emerging Automotive Applications.
Furkan E. Sahin, Argo AI, USA (Lead Editor)
Jason Eichenholz, Luminar Technologies, USA
Manabu Kagami, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Cornelius Neumann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany