Self-driving cars need ground penetrating radar, says WaveSense

Founded in 2017 with the vision to make self-driving navigation weather-proof, on any road and in any condition startup WaveSense sees ground-penetrating radar (GPR) as a failsafe complement to existing mapping and navigation hardware.


The pitch: current systems exclusively rely on above ground sensors like GPS, lidar and cameras to identify the exact position of the vehicle, but those can be confused and handicapped by poor visibility issues and adverse weather conditions such as snow, heavy rain, fog, sand and dust. But more reliable and stable data can be tapped beneath the road's surface where unique subsurface textures can be mapped and leveraged to accurately position a car on a track, regardless of the weather conditions and visibility above ground.

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