In an exciting new project with Navtech Radar we are developing a sensor for autonomous vehicles which will provide 360-degree high resolution coverage in all weather conditions. This will significantly improve the capabilities and safety of the machines in difficult driving conditions, when safe and reliable transportation is most critical.
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 current sensors used cannot accurately function in heavy rain, snow or fog, so this research will be pivotal in ensuring autonomous vehicles can perform in environments throughout the world.
The project is being funded via a grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, which works with people, companies and partner organisations to drive the science and technology innovations which will grow the UK economy. For further information visit www.innovateuk.gov.uk.