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Imaging Radar Gets a Second Look for AVs

As 3D/4D imaging and software-defined radar emerge, radar sensors are becoming much more useful, with higher resolution.
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Mobileye's imaging radars separate objects in dense traffic construction area (Source: Mobileye)

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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake?
Mobileye is promising “true redundancy” for Level 4 consumer autonomous vehicles by adding a subsystem that pairs a single LiDAR with a blanket of software-defined radar sensors. The company believes its new 4D imaging radars will be pivotal in the push to L4, and the market indeed appears to be giving radar a second look. Given the rise of competing approaches and LiDAR’s installed base in L2/L2+ cars and robotaxis, the challenges for Mobileye are its own aggressive timetable and the relative cost and complexity of its approach.

At the Consumer Electronics Show this month, the auto industry got a dose of reality and a fresh outlook on what’s in — and what’s in store — for the automotive sensor market.

What’s in? Imaging radar.

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