Uniquesec AB became a partner in Drive Sweden innovation program.
Drive Sweden is a Strategic Innovation Program launched by the Swedish government that gathers the best in the area – from all sectors of society. We work closely together to make optimal use of all possibilities, but also to address the challenges that could arise along the way. This could pertain to road safety, adaptation of infrastructure and legislation that needs updating.
We would like to help to develop the policies regarding self-driving cars. And Drive Sweden is an excellent platform to contribute.
Getting more and more close to the realization of self-driving cars, one major concern would be the safety of these cars. The problem is, today’s test driving approach for verification is time-consuming and insufficient. Gothenburg-based company, Uniquesec AB, has its first patent for solving this problem just granted; a radar verification technology that replaces 250 YEARS of test-driving without leaving the lab.
“This is a landmark in the development of a technology which is going to ensure safety of driver assistance systems and autonomous driving,” Dr. Kasra Haghighi, CEO of Uniquesec AB, comments.
Proper test driving? perhaps in hundred years
The market of automotive safety is growing rapidly, bringing radars in need of verification to almost every car. But radars are by nature hard to verify and test. Automotive radars are usually tested in driving expeditions. However, these expeditions cannot cover all likely scenarios a car might encounter in real life, and are not repeatable and accurate. It is calculated that for proper verification of autonomous driving with existing facilities, tens and sometimes hundreds of years of test driving is needed, that is a very long time.
Repetition is key
ASGARD1 is the name of the new product based on Uniquesec’s patented technology for verification of automotive radars. It replicates signatures of countless number of scenarios through analytic methods, using a pre-recorded data base or a combination of both. Scenarios can be set in details by specifying types of vehicles, pedestrians, road and traffic situations, environmental elements as well as weather conditions. The product does not only cover a large number of test scenarios but also makes it possible to repeat the same test scenarios several times, which is a key element for development of radar-based driver assistance systems and their reliability assessment.
Distinctive in-lab testing
This technology provides in-lab testing opportunity; ASGARD1 is placed in front of the vehicle or radar under test inside the lab and emulates electromagnetic emissions analogous to real radar reflections. Uniquesec believes that this product is outstanding for automotive systems verification due to:
- access to controlled ground truth for accurate verification,
- considering rare, dangerous scenarios and corner cases,
- being reproducible with the possibility of exhaustive testing.
“The project was initially started as a tool for enabling advanced signal processing for target identification. But later, it was shifted to address the complex and multi-modal world of automotive radars. In no doubt, it will transform the way the safety of autonomous driving and driver assistance systems are ensured,” says Dr. Haghighi.
For more detailed information and illustration see our data sheet on ASGARD1.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Haghighi for a talk about autonomous driving systems and automotive radar verification.
Direct number: +46 76-845 88 48
We are participating in the exhibition beside IEEE intelligent vehicle symposium 2016 held in Gothenburg, Sweden. In this symposium we are explaining our signal processing solutions specially for automotive radar verification for ADAS and autonomous drive.
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Uniquesec is expert in radar and signal processing solutions for applications in a variety of areas.
Industriarmatur will, through cooperation with Uniquesec, be able to extend existing LevelWatcher product line of battery operated sensors with additional models to meet current and future customer requirements for cost-effective IoT-based level measurement.
The partnership will offer customers in new segments level measurement and we are also looking at ATEX classification of products based on the new platform.
Products based on the new platform are planned for launch in the autumn 2016.
Uniquesec AB in close collabration with Avilar AB and Frontside AB, developed and launched its first multi-pupose Radar Development Platform (RDP) for FMCW radars. This platform enables Uniquesec AB to rapidly develop and deploy advanced signal processing algorithms and systems in real-world applications. It will be used in different stages of development including signal acquisition, prototyping, outdoor deployment and debugging. It supports three different FMCW radar modules with different beam angles and mono-pulse. It shortens time-to-market by providing near-product platform, which has many features including:
- Strong ARM Cortex-M4f processor
- Micro-SD slot for real-time signal (or result) recording
- RTC battery backup for real-time label on recorded signals
- Many different communication capabilities such as serial, bluetooth, Wifi, Zigbee
- USB port for power and communication
- Low-noise power supply, which supports different supply voltages
- Up to 4 channel simultaneous ADC
- Arduino compatible header for Arduino shields support
- Battery operation
RDP affordable design enables it to be deployed as an end product in small-sized markets.
Following its strategic path of developing new technologies and know-how in the area radar signal processing, Uniquesec AB filed second patent application.
By emergence of a huge demand for automotive radars for safe, assisted and autonomous vehicles, their test, verification and certification is a major challenge. In this filed invention, Uniquesec AB addresses this challenge by creating a system which generates traffic scenarios and verifies vehicles’ reaction, in a reproducible fashion. This will ensure that safety and autonomy of radar-based systems are tested under all even difficult and dangerous situations. This invention can be used by many interested parties such as:
- automotive manufacturers,
- road and traffic administrations,
- standardization authorities,
- certification bodies.
Uniquesec AB filed first patent application for an invention in the area of radar signal processing. It is the main strategy of the company to produce know-how and license the technology for different products in many applications. We will continue to explore new horizons with radar signal processing.