Sensors, Vol. 18, Pages 4476: Underwater Optical Imaging for Automotive Wading

Research paper by Aleksandr Bystrov, Edward Hoare, Marina Gashinova, Mikhail Cherniakov, Thuy-Yung Tran

Indexed on: 21 Dec '18Published on: 18 Dec '18Published in: Sensors (Basel, Switzerland)


An underwater imaging system was investigated for automotive use in highly scattered underwater environments. The purpose of the system is the driver’s information about hidden obstacles, such as stones, driftwood, open sewer hatches. A comparison of various underwater vision methods was presented by the way they are implemented, the range reached, and the cost of implementation. It has been experimentally shown that a conventional active system can provide a maximum visibility range of up to three light attenuation lengths. In most practical cases of turbid waters during floods, this corresponds to distances of about 1 meter. From the presented analysis it follows that advanced extended range imaging methods allow increasing of the visibility range up to 2 meters.