Automotive radar scans 100x more objects in 4D with 300m range

January 16, 2018 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Automotive radar scans 100x more objects in 4D with 300m range
Based on advanced technology used by the U.S. military, ICON RADAR from Magna achieves a range of more than 300 meters and scans the environment 50 times faster than the time it takes to blink an eye. It delivers ultra-fine detection along with improved interference tolerance over traditional radars.

Setting a new standard in high-resolution automotive radar, ICON RADAR incorporates advanced technology used by the U.S. military to provide precise detection, extensive range and high resiliency. Magna has been collaborating with Uhnder, a technology start-up currently in stealth mode, in engineering and product development to help bring this technology to market in 2019. The radar helps close the gap between level 3 and level 5 to reach full reliable autonomous driving.

With a range of more than 300 meters, ICON RADAR continuously scans the environment in four dimensions (distance, height, depth and speed). The advanced radar technology can detect and track almost 100 times more objects than competitive systems and individually classifies them. It is able to detect and communicate to the vehicle a rich topography of static objects such as guard rails, road debris and speed bumps, as well as a large number of tracked moving objects such as vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians and pets.

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Having the ability to distinguish smaller "objects" such as children and bicyclists in close proximity to larger, more easily detectable things such as parked cars and moving trucks is critical to the enhancement of safety ADAS features. It is this critical data and capability that keeps the software systems with information to continually improve vehicle intelligence and safety systems.

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"Magna has identified some of the world's most advanced technologies and 'auto-qualified' them for use in the auto industry," said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna Chief Technology Officer. "Our ICON RADAR takes the best of military technology and improves on it for automotive use – taking a significant step forward toward full autonomy."

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