Lunewave’s 3D-Printed Lenses to Enable Future Autonomous Driving Apps

Published by , August 25, 2017 12:20 pm

(TechLaunch)  Lunewave, Inc. is commercializing inventions to provide improved radar systems for the automotive industry using inexpensive, high-performing 3-D printed Luneburg lenses. The startup was formed by Hao Xin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Arizona. “These technologies have applications in sensing and detection, autonomous cars and drones, pollution, water vapor detection, as well as wireless communication,” according to Xin. “We see huge opportunity.”
Current commonly used technologies for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) require multiple expensive sensors, including LIDAR, ultrasonic, and optics which have limited ranges, and are sensitive to adverse weather conditions. The UA-invented technologies, on the other hand, offer solutions that are more convenient and less expensive to manufacture, and deliver higher performance and greater bandwidth compared to the conventional radar technology. According to Xin, they will be a key enabler for future autonomous driving applications.

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