Scan for Potholes at 62 mph with Chromasens 3DPIXA Camera

German line-scan camera manufacturer Chromasens has introduced a new camera that can be attached to a vehicle to capture high-speed 2D and 3D images of cracks and potholes.

The company’s new 3DPIXA RI stereo line-scan camera, when mounted to a vehicle, can scan surfaces as wide as 14.4 feet in a single pass. The vehicle can travel up to 62 mph when scanning.

The camera simultaneously captures 3D height measurements and 2D color images.

“The 3DPIXA RI is capable of not only detecting the width of a pothole but its depth, as well, by generating a 3D model with point cloud of the hole,” the company says. “It can even detect if an existing asphalt repair is in good condition by measuring height variations in the road.”

Chromasens 3DPIXA Road InspectorThe graphic depicts the scan width in millimeters for the Chromasens 3DPIXA Road Inspector camera.ChromasensThe system is designed to be lightweight and easily mount onto standard vehicles. The company recommends the system be used with the Chromasens Corona II LED lighting module.

“All across Europe, North America and Asia, thousands of miles of roadway have been automatically inspected using Chromasens 3DPIXA cameras and LED illumination modules,” says Jeremy Jowers, Chromasens Americas director of sales and business development. “Now we’ve taken that experience to create the 3DPIXA RI camera that is engineered specifically for this application.”

The Chromasens 3DPIXA RI comes with the Chromasens 3D-API for software integration and supports libraries from HALCON (MVTec), MIL (Matrox), LabVIEW (National Instruments), and Coake (SAC). Its Camera Link interface is universally compatible with third-party frame grabbers, cables and accessories, the company says.