Navtech’s industrial grade sensor has been used in trials by the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI – Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford) in Iceland as part of research into mobile robotics (aka driverless cars) in partnership with Arctic Trucks.
ORI mounted a Navtech radar, alongside vision and lidar sensors on the roof of a bespoke Toyota Hilux and Arctic Trucks took the equipment to extraordinary places – glaciers, giant rivers and volcanoes – to gather datasets in challenging environmental conditions in terrain that epitomises the “off-road domain”. Of particular interest is the role of a new generation of sensors from Navtech Radar. These units are immune to the effects of snow, rain, lighting etc., which impeded conventional computer vision and Lidar.
Professor Newman, director of ORI said “The ORI must do awkward and hard things, taking robots and vehicles to tricky places doing tricky things. There is much to be done in having machines understand their surroundings in remarkable weather and harsh terrain with the next generation of machine vision and perception sensors.”
Phil Avery, Navtech Radar Managing Director said “Our radar technology has been developed for the last 20 years. Its typical applications are in highways safety and perimeter surveillance, however the technology can be applied in many fields, including detecting drones and autonomous vehicles. We are delighted to contribute to this expedition.”