Autonomous Vehicle Radar

Radar for autonomous ground vehicles must look to human drivers for inspiration. The way the human eyes and brain work together to understand their surroundings and resolve ambiguity is elegant and effective. When a person’s peripheral vision detects movement, the brain directs the eye to examine it further to remove the ambiguity. The rapid interaction of senses and movement to achieve decision-making creates robust situational awareness from relatively poor sensors, like the human eye.

Autonomous vehicles are unable to mimic this basic human function. Disambiguation is best resolved by directing sensor resources to specific scene areas to gather data that increases probabilistic confidence levels. More, deeper information from one area is worth more than sustained flows from everywhere.

This inability to focus sensor resources to remove ambiguity is a fundamental blocker to a higher "brain off" level of vehicle transportation. Echodyne has developed a first-of-its-kind high-resolution imaging radar that allows the autonomous vehicle to dynamically task an advanced multi-waveform cognitive radar to disambiguate specific regions of a driving scene.

Echodyne has paused production on its EchoDrive® radar but welcomes requirements for future high autonomy systems. Cognitive radar is crucial to advanced autonomy and Echodyne’s proprietary radar design space aligns with long-term aspirations for machine self-navigation in everyday life. Please contact us to discuss plans and requirements.

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