Oxbotica, Navtech to partner integrated radar navigation and perception system development

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 09 Jan 2020

Oxbotica, a key vehicle autonomy play and Navtech, a global radar solution company will partner development of a radar-based navigation and perception system that will be launched later this year.

The product represents the latest advancement in radar-based technology and the partnership marks an important milestone in Oxbotica’s plans to take its software from development towards commercial deployment.

The multi-module localisation system (radar, vision and laser) allows customers to deploy autonomy in both on-road and off-road locations, whether in mines, ports or airports and whatever the weather conditions where standard GPS or LiDAR is not possible. This product will not be reliant on any external infrastructure and can operate on its own or be fused with other location services driven by GPS, LiDAR or laser vision as part of Oxbotica’s modular and integrated approach.

This will be twinned with Navtech’s expertise in bringing autonomy sensors to market around the world. Oxbotica’s autonomous driving software has been deployed in many different environments including cities, mines, airports, quarries and ports as part of its Universal Autonomy commitment enabling any vehicle in any industry to drive itself with total freedom from external infrastructure dependency.

Navtech manufactures a range of sensors that provide all weather sensing in real world applications. It’s sensors are used in mission critical applications around the world including security surveillance, road safety systems and industrial autonomous vehicles

Speaking on the partnership, Ozgur Tohumcu, CEO Oxbotica said: “Navtech is a fantastic partner with their unbeatable track record of producing autonomy sensors - powering off-road autonomy around the world for nearly two decades. Incoming demand from customers and our own market research prove that there will be wide applications of this product addressing both on-road and off-road deployments.”

Phil Avery, CEO of Navtech added: “Oxbotica are world leaders in this area and together with our high performance radars sensors we believe the resulting system will deliver a step change in the performance available for all weather all environment localisation and perception. This is crucial for automation in more challenging environments such as mines and ports.”