Technics Wins UK Government Grant-Funded Project to Investigate the Use of Ground Penetrating Radar for the Localisation of Autonomous Vehicles

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has selected Technics, who will be supported by the University of Surrey, to undertake a feasibility study to address the performance of localisation systems for autonomous vehicles, using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology.

The performance of localisation systems depends highly on the information sources utilised, however the current on-board sensing of autonomous vehicles, using LiDAR and camera-based techniques suffers from different issues, such as cost and accuracy in all-weather and all-light conditions.

An accurate, robust and reliable localisation system is essential for the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles and Technics will play a crucial role in investigating a solution using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology for autonomous vehicle localisation.

Graham Mills, Founder & Chairman of Technics says: “At Technics, we’re driven by understanding and investing in the latest emerging and enabling technologies and exploring using them in innovative ways. To gain funding and be selected for this project is a great achievement for Technics, and we look forward to providing valuable results to support the improvement of these systems to enable a future with autonomous vehicles.”

Dr Saber Fallah, the director of connected and autonomous vehicles lab at the University of Surrey, adds “This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with a successful company, apply our knowledge in connected autonomous vehicles into the real world problem and to be instrumental in bringing new products to market“.

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