Radar Sensor for Autonomous Vehicle Velocity Measurement


Executive Summary


Modern vehicles rely on an extensive platform of sensors to ensure quality performance. For autonomous navigation, continuous knowledge of vehicle velocity is crucial, especially in challenging weather conditions. A recent development by MSU engineers helps address deficiencies of current velocity sensors through use of an innovative radar sensor, allowing for accurate three-dimensional velocity measurements in all-weather conditions. 


Description of Technology


This technology improves upon traditional Doppler radar velocity sensors, by measuring the forward field of view along with the ability to measure lateral or vertical velocity. This is achieved through use of a novel interferometric radar transceiver. The proposed architecture allows for 3-D velocity measurements in the forward, lateral, and vertical direction.  Proof-of-concept has been demonstrated.


Key Benefits

  • Improves performance in adverse weather conditions
  • Improves accuracy of forward velocity measurements
  • Provides both lateral and vertical velocity measurements



  • Autonomous Navigation Systems


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Dr. Jeffrey Nanzer


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Raymond Devito
Technology Manager
Michigan State University
Jeffrey Nanzer