Oxbotica and Navtech have launched the world’s first all-weather radar localisation solution for industrial autonomous vehicles, providing cm accuracy in any environment.
An all-weather radar localisation solution for industrial autonomous vehicles, offering “centimetre precision” accuracy has been launched by Oxbotica in collaboration with Navtech.
The Terran360 localisation system, which the makers claim is a world-first, is typically accurate to <10cm on any vehicle, in any environment.
Combining Navtech’s patented frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar sensor and Oxbotica’s autonomy software platform, Terran360 is an entirely new offering to the off-road autonomy market, the companies report.
It utilises a single long-range, high-definition radar sensor to give a detailed 360-degree picture of a vehicle’s surroundings, allowing it to work alongside conventional systems and be deployed in GPS-denied environments or in harsh conditions not suitable for LiDAR or vision while maintaining full pinpoint localisation at all times.
Navtech claims its high-resolution radar sensor is able to operate in the harshest conditions – such as in rain, fog, dust, or dirt and in complete darkness. The vibration resistant and IP67-certified sensor is designed to be maintenance free for 10 years, helping to reduce disruption to operations with no compromise to precision, reliability, or safety.
“We are delighted to launch Terran360 in collaboration with Navtech. “We are bringing a game-changing localisation system to market that gives operators and manufacturers a new way to answer the crucial autonomy question of ‘where am I?’ – and one that is unimpeded by environment or place,” said Paul Newman, founder and CTO at Oxbotica.
“We are bringing a game-changing localisation system to market that gives operators and manufacturers a new way to answer the crucial autonomy question of ‘where am I?’”
Terran360’s output can be fused with other sensor feeds or used as a standalone system, and is also able to provide independent and accurate vehicle motion. Terran360 operates on any vehicles, from slow moving to speeds of up to 120kph (75mph) and has been comprehensively tested on different vehicle platforms and in dramatically different environments, including in mines, on urban roads, on railways and in marine settings.
“We are extremely proud to launch this outstanding product for commercial use, offering a radar localisation solution never seen before,” added Phil Avery, managing director at Navtech Radar.
“Thanks to decades of experience in delivering radar solutions for safety and mission critical applications, and together with Oxbotica’s world-leading autonomy software platform, Terran360 is trusted to answer the fundamental question for autonomous vehicles: ‘where am I?’, everywhere, every time.”
Oxbotica was founded in 2014 as an Oxford University spin-out with a mission to develop autonomy software that will transform all industries where people and goods move. The company seeks to build an ecosystem that supports the adoption of autonomous vehicles, leveraging key partnerships to accelerate the deployment of “universal autonomy” – software that works with any vehicle, any time, and in any place.
Navtech Radar is a global manufacturer of commercially deployed radar-based solutions for highways safety, critical national infrastructure security and industrial automation. Its patented 360-degree, long-range, high-resolution radar technology performs in even the harshest conditions. Based in Oxford UK, Navtech is part of Halma, the FTSE100 group of life-saving technology companies.
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