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The Unlikely New Hero of Autonomous Vehicles

By [email protected] - 1st November 2019 - 10:51

GSSI, a manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, announces TerraVision, the first-to-market localizing ground penetrating radar (LGPR) technology that improves navigation for autonomous vehicles (AVs). The LGPR technology was originally developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for military applications and is designed to help navigate even in the worst driving conditions on the planet. It works by sending radio waves into the ground, creating a digital fingerprint of the subsurface. This underground map of soils and rocks becomes the reference to guide autonomous vehicles. LGPR is unaffected by above-ground conditions like snow, fog, rain, dust – conditions that present huge challenges to the usual AV sensors. GSSI has decided initially to focus overseas, given the uncertainties around FCC restrictions in the United States, and since they had been asked by several firms around the world to develop and test LGPR. This includes two large Japanese and German companies working on AV