Radar solutions manufacturer Navtech Radar is developing a sensor for autonomous vehicles to will provide 360-degree high resolution coverage in all weather conditions.
The company’s been awarded a grant from Innovate UK to help the team carry out research in the area of autonomous vehicle technology, and will collaborate with the Oxford Robotics Institute (University of Oxford).
Navtech Radar says its all weather operations will significantly improve the capabilities and safety of the machines in difficult living conditions, when safe and reliable transportation is most critical. Automated vehicles need to be able to operate in a variety of weather conditions that change rapidly.
“If autonomous cars are to become commonplace, they need to work in all weathers – that’s a fact. Radar technology has the potential to do this in an affordable way, and we’re thrilled to be working with Navtech Radar to help make this a reality,” said Prof Paul Newman from Oxford University
“With the majority of driverless cars operating in California – a state known for its perpetual blue skies – the need for accurate situational awareness in adverse weather conditions has been largely overlooked,” the company says in a statement. “The current sensors used cannot accurately function in heavy rain, snow or fog. Therefore, this research will be pivotal in ensuring autonomous vehicles can perform in all environments and appeal to an international market.”
Philip Avery, Managing Director at Navtech Radar, described research and development as “a fundamental part of Navtech Radar’s DNA”.