Echodyne Proposes Architecture for Cognitive Autonomous Vehicle Radar Imaging and Measurement
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Echodyne, the radar platform company for the Autonomous Age, announced today the release of its “Highly Adaptive Radar for Cognitive Imaging” white paper. The paper looks at how recent advances in knowledge-aided (KA) measurement techniques can enhance the capability of radar imaging in dense scenes and complicated environments. Echodyne is releasing the paper in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas January 7-10, and the announcement of Limited Availability of EchoDrive radar units.
The white paper provides important information on how cognitive radar, a technology pioneered for military radars, can be made commercially accessible and cost-effective to the autonomous vehicle industry without requiring AV designers to become experts in radar technologies. It provides contextual background on the field of cognitive measurement, and how knowledge-aided measurement and dynamic tasking acts as a force multiplier on precious radar resources.
“Cognitive radar techniques, originally developed by DARPA, can dramatically increase the performance of radar, yet to date they have remained out of reach for commercial applications due to cost and resource restraints,” said Tom Driscoll, co-founder and CTO of Echodyne. “Our architecture addresses this, and for the first time provides AV developers with the opportunity to integrate high-performing cognitive imaging radar into their sensing and machine perception.”
Echodyne details how techniques originally developed for high-end military radars can be used for commercial applications, specifically autonomous vehicles, at breakthrough cost points. It allows AVs to incorporate long-range measurement, fine range measurement, micro-doppler measurement, and elevation height finding by leveraging the tremendous quantity of information available from AV systems to dynamically resource task using KA.
The EchoDrive radar enables a type of biologically inspired sensing based on two-way flow of control and data, in which the AI system can task sensors to interrogate specific objects or areas in higher fidelity, or with increased update rate. This ability to focus and direct attention imbues the AV with human-like responses to unknown or challenging scenarios and provides the next-level of safety.
The white paper is available from Echodyne’s website today.
Echodyne introduces the world’s first compact, software-defined, solid-state, true electronically scanned array (ESA) radar sensor. Ideally suited for machine perception in an autonomous age, Echodyne offers high-performance commercially priced radars to governments, industries, and integrators engineering solutions for border security, critical infrastructure protection, first responders, unmanned aircraft systems, and autonomous vehicles. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is backed by Bill Gates, NEA, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, and Lux Capital among others. For more information, please visit: Echodyne.com