Designer and manufacturer of commercial radar solutions, Navtech Radar, will be exhibiting the latest innovations in its radar localisation solution at this year’s bauma exhibition in Munich
The system, Teran360, is a single sensor radar localisation solution that uses Navtech's millimetre wave radar technology to reliably position a vehicle in its surroundings, particularly in harsh working environments such as mining and construction.
Currently, autonomous vehicles in these two sectors rely on GPS sensors to report their location, in order to reliably maintain centimetre-level positioning required for autonomy, especially within developments with tall infrastructure, deep pits or at high latitudes where reliable signals can be naturally compromised.
Teran360, on the other hand, draws on high resolution radar technology which penetrates the atmospheric and weather conditions to constantly deliver highly accurate, centimetre-level location data.
Delivered in partnership with autonomous vehicle software specialist, Oxbotica, Teran360 is certified to IP67 standard, meaning the sensors are completely protected from water and debris, ensuring constant operation and minimal maintenance to enable100% visibility of assets at all times. Oxbotica’s world-class localisation algorithms are combined with Navtech’s ruggedised industrial radar sensors to provide a package that is resilient to weather and harsh environments.
Sam Wood, business development manager for Navtech Radar, said, “Autonomy is becoming more and more prevalent in mining and construction, partly due to the surge in remote operations caused by Covid-19, but also out of a need to improve safety. On construction sites, the loss of location information for autonomous vehicles or equipment poses wider risks to the public. Additionally, with increases in GPS attacks through jamming and spoofing, basing an autonomous operation on GPS alone is becoming commercially risky. Teran360, and other examples of innovation developed by Navtech, aims to address these challenges.”