Oryx Vision creates “coherent optical radar system.”

Oryx Vision
developed a “coherent optical radar system” that improves the depth perception
of autonomous vehicles.


CEO Rani Wellington noted that standard lidar
detects light with photoelectric sensors, ultimately measuring the energy of
the light. Nanoantennas, as the company
describes, identify data with an
electromagnetic wave, allowing the system to access additional information.

The system advantageously increases range and
sensitivity for an autonomous vehicle that is required to know exactly what is surrounding it and what those
objects are doing. The Oryx antenna operates at a 10-micron wavelength that can
see through fog and not get blinded by bright sunlight as would happen with
traditional lidar.

Six years ago, the engineers started working
to build a device that could surpass the shortcomings of a lidar system. It
took a year and a half to get the prototype to the point where it was usable
for imaging.

Oryx noted that its antennas are less
expensive compared to the lidar systems currently used in innovative self-driving
cars. The cost of the imager that the
system uses is the same as the camera in a mobile phone,
and the company noted it is using “the cheapest, most boring laser on earth.” Oryx’s system uses simple optics, requiring
no steering, no rotating elements, and no optical rays to account for.

The company is targeting manufacturers that
are constructing fully autonomous vehicles of the future rather than the
advanced driver systems we currently see in modern cars.

“Autonomous driving is about vision and
decision, and there’s currently a gap between the two. There must be another
technology, another sensor [besides lidar], to close that gap,” Wellington

Source: TechCrunch