Germany based company, Toposens recently announced the release of their current flag-ship product TS3, a 3D ultrasonic sensor suitable for a wide range of applications in the autonomous systems market that require a strong need for reliable object detection and situational awareness.
According to the company, the new 3D sensors achieve a wide field of view of up to 160° and provide simultaneous 3D measurements for multiple objects within the scanning area. The operation thus mimics the echolocation techniques used by bats and dolphins for navigation and orientation in the wild.
The new TS3 sensor is an embedded sensor system that sends out ultrasound waves in a frequency range inaudible by humans. An array of microphones subsequently records the echoes from all objects in the sensor’s vicinity and computes their location in a 3-dimensional space. It therefore creates an entirely new way of ultrasonic sensing for autonomous systems.
Toposense also claims that TS3 can serve as the perfect technology platform for developing next-level mass market vehicles in robotic and even automotive use cases like automated parking and next-level ADAS functionality.
Some features of the sensor according to the company are:
• Combines hardware components with proprietary signal processing algorithms.
• Enables to reliably map an environment with minimal processing power and to localize themselves in predefined maps to execute complex path planning algorithms.
• Performs independently of ambient light conditions and are even capable of detecting mirroring and transparent surfaces; adding an additional layer of safety where optical sensors tend to fail.
• For even higher reliability the generated 3D point cloud can easily be fused with data from other system-relevant sensors.
Source: Press Release