Metawave Corp. announced what it says is the first-ever industry demonstration of advanced radar that can detect automobiles and their speed at 300 m (984 ft), and pedestrians and bicycles as far as 180 m (590 ft). Integrated with Infineon’s 77 GHz radar chipset with the RXS8160 MMIC and AURIX microcontroller, along with NVIDIA’s artificial intelligence (AI) processing engine, Metawave’s development testing platform reportedly more than doubles today’s existing automotive sensors, which the company says can only detect unidentifiable, often blurry objects at a much shorter 100 m (328 ft) range.
“We look forward to working with Infineon to develop an advanced platform that gives automotive industry giants the ability to deliver a faster and safer road to autonomous driving,” said Tim Curley, Metawave VP of Strategic Alliances. “We’re making great strides in demonstrating what smart, advanced radar is capable of achieving using Infineon chipsets—from showing high-resolution automotive 77 GHz radar with object tracking, to AI deployment to learn what specifically is ahead of the car, to proving how our platform detects humans and cars at a very long range.”
Advanced, smart radar plays a significant role in making autonomous driving safer, especially in challenging weather and operating conditions such as dense fog, heavy storms, and dirty roads. Unlike cameras and LiDAR, radar can detect objects at a distance through difficult weather conditions. Today’s existing radar is limited in its ability to see with high resolution, making it impossible to determine and learn to classify through AI what is in front of the automobile, especially at 300 m.
WARLORD, Metawave’s smart radar platform, uses one antenna and pushes complexity to analog. With WARLORD, the antenna itself shapes and steers the beam, recognizes objects quickly in the analog space, and leverages AI to learn as the radar sees.
“We are pleased to take our partnership with Metawave to the road,” said Ritesh Tyagi, head of the Infineon Silicon Valley Automotive Innovation Center. “This demonstration shows how Infineon’s radar chipset and Metawave’s sophisticated antenna technology can be combined to deliver a cutting-edge sensor platform that will advance the safety and future of autonomous driving.”