WaveSense’s ground-penetrating radars could make self-driving cars safer

“A massive transformation in transportation and mobility is underway around the world as autonomous systems advance at an unprecedented pace,” Bolat said. “But before broad adoption of self-driving vehicles can occur, navigation safety and reliability must improve significantly, particularly in adverse weather conditions like snow, rain, and fog.”

Enter WaveSense’s ground-penetrating radars (GPR), which leverage a 12-element antenna array to send very high frequency (VHF) electromagnetic pulses up to 10 feet below the ground. Those waves reflect off of underground features like pipes, roots, rocks, and dirt, which helps build a basemap that an onboard computer correlates into a three-dimensional, GPS-tagged subterranean database.