4D image radar startup nears commercialization

October 30, 2019 //By Rich Pell
4D image radar startup nears commercialization
Korean startup Smart Radar System has announced that it has raised $4 million in Series A funding in its bid to bring its 4D image radar to automotive and industrial markets.

The company is currently developing what it says is the world's first 4D image radar, RETINA, with sub-1 degree angular resolution and 360° surround view. While traditional radar has been limited by low resolution, RETINA, says the company, can achieve near lidar level angular resolution through the use of its non-uniform linear antenna array design.

"Radar technology is becoming a part of our daily life and is poised to dramatically change autonomous driving," says Paul Y. Kim, CEO of Smart Radar System. "We want to transform the analog radar world into the digital revolution so that anybody can apply digital image processing techniques to radar images."

The company says that it expects that RETINA could transform autonomous driving, as well as revolutionize other industries, such as robotics, securities, drones, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The funding - which was led by Kakao Ventures, with participation from Hemi Ventures, Hyundai Investment Partners and other investors - will further the development and commercialization of the image radar technology as the company transitions to high-volume manufacturing. SRS has begun collaborations with early-adopters in the automotive and other industries.

The company says it will be presenting the world's first sub-1 degree image radar – RETINA's latest version prototype – at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

Smart Radar System

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