'Zero accidents' autonomous sensing platform unveiled

March 02, 2021 // By Rich Pell
'Zero accidents' autonomous sensing platform unveiled
Autonomous sensing platform startup Neural Propulsion Systems has emerged from stealth to launch what it claims is the safest and most reliable platform for autonomous vehicles that enables the industry to reach "Zero Accident Vision."

The NPS 500, says the company, is the world's first all-in-one deeply integrated multi-model sensor system focused on Level 4/5 autonomy. The sensor-fused system precisely interconnects the company's solid-state MIMO LiDAR, super-resolution SWAM radar, and cameras to cooperatively detect and process 360° high-resolution data and is designed to give vehicles the ability to prevent all accidents.

The densely integrated sensor system is designed to enable vehicles to see around corners and over 500 meters of range with ultra-resolution accuracy together with highly adaptive frame rate. The NPS 500 breakthrough capabilities, says the company, make it 10x more reliable than currently announced sensor solutions.

"Our goal to prevent all transportation accidents is the holy grail for autonomous vehicles," says Behrooz Rezvani, founder and CEO of NPS. "We are the sensing system behind the Zero Accidents Platform for large volume deployment at affordable cost. Existing technologies are not sufficient to achieve this paradigm, so we created our own more powerful LiDAR and radar. Our AI-driven sensor-fusion system processes this ultra-high resolution data to create the safest and most reliable solution in the market today. The NPS 500 slashes time-to-market for autonomous vehicle manufacturers, while being the most cost-effective."

The NPS 500, says the company, enhances and combines the strengths of LiDAR, radar, and cameras to create a platform that leverages the capabilities of each technology, while addressing today's challenges of Level 4/5 autonomy, including:

  • Cameras: Provide high resolution images, but lack depth information and depend on lighting conditions
  • Radar: Measure velocity with great precision, but have lower resolution than LiDAR and are vulnerable to interference from other radars
  • LiDAR: Provide super precision depth information, but its performance and reliability degrade in adversarial, weather and light conditions, and it can get occluded fairly easily

NPS 500 is offered as having the following features:

  • LiDAR: Revolutionary new solid-state MIMO-LiDAR architecture doubles range ≥ 500 meters with super resolution and adaptive multi-beam search
  • Radar: New

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