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Open Access LED flicker: Root cause, impact and measurement for automotive imaging applications

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In recent years, the use of LED lighting has become widespread in the automotive environment, largely because of their high energy efficiency, reliability, and low maintenance costs. There has also been a concurrent increase in the use and complexity of automotive camera systems. To a large extent, LED lighting and automotive camera technology evolved separately and independently. As the use of both technologies has increased, it has become clear that LED lighting poses significant challenges for automotive imaging i.e. so-called "LED flicker". LED flicker is an artifact observed in digital imaging where an imaged light source appears to flicker, even though the light source appears constant to a human observer. This paper defines the root cause and manifestations of LED flicker. It defines the use cases where LED flicker occurs, and related consequences. It further defines a test methodology and metrics for evaluating an imaging systems susceptibility to LED flicker.
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Keywords: ADAS; Automotive Imaging; HDR; LED flicker

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 28, 2018

This article was made available online on May 28, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "LED flicker: root cause, impact and measurement for automotive imaging applications".

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