Arbe Robotics Ltd. announced the introduction of a surround imaging radar, Lynx, which processes 24×12 channels and is the only long-range, high resolution, 360° sensing, affordable solution available on the market. Lynx outperforms the current industry 3×4 corner radars, and even the most advanced 12×16 front radars, making it an industry-first surround radar able to enhance perception and sensor fusion.
Arbe’s Lynx Imaging Radar’s small form factor and affordable price make it a highly suitable sensor for multiple installations around the vehicle. Lynx Imaging Radar was designed to complement Arbe’s flagship product, Phoenix Perception Radar, which processes 48×48 channels. Both radars will work in sync to deliver unified perception and interference avoidance. Together, Phoenix combined with Lynx, provide full sensor coverage around the vehicle, addressing the different requirements in each position to enable unparalleled safety to autonomous vehicles.
“Arbe is leading the radar revolution by creating new, enhanced products that push the limits of what radar is able to achieve,” says Kobi Marenko, CEO of Arbe. “For the first time, the industry is being introduced to surround imaging radar that enables true safety and the roll out of advanced autonomous applications. The launch of this new product represents a tremendous business opportunity for Arbe and for our Tier 1 partners.”
The high demand for a long range surround sensor represents a significant opportunity. Lynx is designed to be a corner and a back radar for L2+ and higher autonomous vehicles. To achieve true safety and autonomy, L2+ vehicles will require four to six surround imaging radars per vehicle, integrated on top of one or two perception radars. In addition, Lynx can be utilized as a front radar for driver assist systems (ADAS), a new industry vertical for imaging radars, comprising a vast number of vehicles. In fact, several Tier 1s already implement Arbe-based Surround Imaging Radars to offer OEMs a complete 360° solution that is future-proofed and ready for the next generation of perception requirements.
Until now, 360° sensing has been performed with corner radars, which were used primarily for ADAS features like blind spot detection, cross traffic alert, tracking of dynamic objects, etc. However, corner radars notoriously fell short in providing a solution for more challenging use cases like alerting about a vehicle approaching from long distance, identifying stationary objects, detecting distance between one vehicle and the next, and measuring object shape and size. Because corner radars do not provide imaging, they were not integrated with the other sensors in the vehicle for sensor fusion, nor contributed to the perception system.
Lynx resolves a sensor gap for surround installations – by providing a solution to challenging lighting and weather conditions which limit cameras and LiDARs, who also lack the needed long range. Corner radars cannot provide the needed redundancy to optic sensors because of their low resolution, and the high cost of the high resolution long range radars on the market makes them impractical to implement in multiple locations on a vehicle. To provide a solution to this gap, Arbe has launched Lynx Imaging Radar as a reliable and affordable sensor that provides both redundancy and the data diversity that is critical for both automotive-grade safety and for rolling out autonomous functionality. Lynx delivers effective sensing in all environment conditions, and gathers the data that optical sensors lack, like velocity, long range, depth perception, and more.