Innovation is at the core of what we do which is why, at Navtech, we are so excited to be a part of the winning consortium that is accelerating connected and automated freight transport.
The European Commission, through the H2020 framework program, has awarded a funding grant of nearly €20 million for a 29-partner strong consortium to develop and demonstrate driverless heavy-duty vehicles in harsh weather conditions for real-logistics operations.
EasyMile, a leading provider of software and complete solutions for driverless mobility and goods transportation, approached Navtech Radar to join their consortium — inviting us to bring our knowledge and expertise of high-definition imaging radar solutions to the automated driving technology team.
With EasyMile as coordinator and software provider, the large-scale All Weather Autonomous Real logistics operations and Demonstrations (AWARD) project aims to bring disruptive change to the trucking industry, fleet operators, and the whole logistics sector. It will do this by contributing to the accelerated deployment of innovative, connected and automated freight transport solutions in Europe and around the world.
The project will be rolled out from 2021 for 3 years with Navtech Radar developing a new radar for the application. The sensor to be developed will be tailored for the autonomous and logistics vehicle market by making it more compact, with a faster rotation speed and at a suitable price point for the market resulting in a safer and cost-effective sensing solution.
“Autonomous driving has the potential to revolutionize heavy-duty freight operations, making them more efficient and flexible. With our partners, the project will make the promise of driverless solutions a reality by addressing challenges such as harsh weather operations which are essential to real-world full-scale freight operations. EasyMile has built strong experience in automated driving. We’re excited our technology is at the forefront of this project.”
Benoit Perrin, Managing Director of EasyMile
“The new sensor we're developing will be an evolution from our current prototype, the CAS. Not only will it be able to update twice as fast, but we will be able to do this with a unit that's almost half the size of the currently available models and at a suitable price point for the market. This represents an important breakthrough that will enable our high quality sensors to be more applicable for commercial vehicles."
George England, Technical Lead for Industrial Automation at Navtech Radar