TDK, Uhnder partner for high-precision imaging radar platform

January 11, 2021 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
TDK, Uhnder partner for high-precision imaging radar localization platform
TDK company Trusted Positioning Inc. (TPI) (Calgary, Canada) and radar expert Uhnder (Austin, Texas) have entered a cooperation to develop a localization reference design with world-class accuracy and performance with Uhnder’s software defined digital radar sensor and TPI’s AUTO positioning software. The combined solution provides lane-level positioning accuracy in urban areas where GNSS fails, and under all weather and lighting conditions where cameras and lidars face environmental challenges.

TPI is comprised of an engineering team with a sensor fusion pedigree of integrating inertial sensors, GNSS and radar. Uhnder’s digital 4D software-defined imaging radar technology uses Digital Code Modulation (DCM) to replace traditional analog frequency modulation. This architecture is said to outperform traditional systems in terms of angular resolution and interference rejection. Uhnder’s use of DCM also allows High Contrast Resolution (HCR) to resolve juxtaposed objects previously undetectable by traditional radar sensors, especially in long distances.

The use of Uhnder’s imaging radar, will enable TPI to apply its positioning algorithms and provide customers with a very accuracy that was not previously possible with other radars, claims TPI Managing Director Chris Goodall. “Autonomous platforms require accuracy, reliable and integrity in all environments without compromise. Operating within a different frequency spectrum, radar sensors have long promised a new perception input that complements cameras and lidar for positioning integrity, but few imaging radars have delivered on implementation. The Uhnder radar sensor, combined with our AUTO software, is the first system to deliver on this promise,” Goodall said.

TDK Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of TDK, recognized the pioneering possibilities of a digital imaging radar-on-chip solution and identified the potential for incremental strategic learnings above the ongoing engagement with TPI. “Therefore, we participated in Uhnder’s recent Series C funding round,” said Andrew Maywah, Investment Director at TDK Ventures.

The partnership between Uhnder and TPI will enable end customers to use the reference design to quickly incorporate Uhnder radar with TPI AUTO software to obtain lane-level positioning accuracy in all environments and progress their products to market quicker.

More information: www.trustedpositioning.com, www.tdk-ventures.com

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