Innovative radar helps nuna9s adjusting driving behavior to wild animals

Mon 20 August 2018

In September a team of TU Delft students will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa. To be able to drive as safely and sustainably as possible through the South African mountain landscapes, the new Nuna9S solar car must be able to adapt to all conditions. That includes, in addition to mountains and valleys, grassland and desert, modern highways and dusty, unpaved roads also wild animals.‚Äč

Intelligent cruise control

As in previous solar races, sustainability is key. Without the use of fossil fuels, the Nuna9S must travel as far as possible to be able to win. The new radar will help the team to look ahead and to adjust the power and speed of the car to the height differences on the route with predictive cruise control. Along the way they will encounter not only cars and motor vehicles, but also wild animals. The adaptive cruise control must be prepared for this. Safety is therefore an extra spearhead of the team. The radar is part of the intelligent cruise control system that will assist them in the challenge. By doing so, they want to inspire the world to continue making improvements in economical and safe driving.

Radar systems

Of course, we do not all work on a new solar car, but the fields of application of radar next to the automotive industry are almost endless. Radars are part of often complicated systems in, for example, the classic military and civilian disciplines such as air traffic control and in new areas such as weather and climate research, water surface contamination and security. In the course Radar design is therefore taught on the basis of theory, videos, cases and excursions how the various subsystems of radar contribute to the total operation of the system. Participants learn to see the effect of design choices on the performance and structure of the radar system. This is must know knowledge for all engineers involved in the purchase, use and design of radars.

Photo: Jan Willem van Venster

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