Oxford RF: world’s first 360 solid-state radar
Oxford RF has developed the world’s first 360-degree solid-state radar system. The sensors aim to reduce costs and increase reliability for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and driverless vehicles, ultimately leading to more of these on the road.
As CEO Dr Kashif Siddiq explains, there are currently too many sensors on vehicles – including cameras, radars and LiDARs. More sensors mean more cost, power consumption and more data to process, which increases the latency in decision-making. For safer autonomous cars, every split-second counts, and to enable faster take-up of the technology, every penny counts too.
Oxford RF’s solution will remove the need for the plethora of devices, and with no moving parts it’s said to be much more reliable as well.
In October 2022, the company joined six other SMEs as the successful innovators of Zenzic’s CAM Scale-Up programme, to verify their innovative connected autonomous mobility (CAM) solutions at pace.
In January 2023, the company completed its journey through the APC’s Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP), which provided grant funding and business mentoring to support this kind of innovation.
As a result of this and collaboration with WMG (the Warwick Manufacturing Group), Oxford RF is now exploring commercial opportunities and bringing its applications to the market.
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Oxford RF CEO, Dr Kashif Siddiq, talks about why there are currently too many sensors in vehicles and explains how the company’s solution will remove the need for the plethora of devices, and create more reliable devices.