The Need for Advanced Analog Radar

Many of the safety requirements, as well as expectations for a smooth riding experience, facing the auto industry cannot be met using only today’s sensors, including current state-of-the-art digital beamforming (DBF) or MIMO radars. Leading automakers need an innovative radar that provides longer range, high resolution, greater angular accuracy, and object classification. The radar of the future must be delivered today to give auto makers the technology required to deploy advanced features for safety and comfort. State of the art analog radar delivers critical features including next-generation adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and automated emergency braking. Clearing remaining hurdles is of paramount necessity to ensuring the highest levels of repeatable and dependable safety adherence while gaining long-term community acceptance.

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Metawave’s SPEKTRA™ radar utilizes analog beam-forming and beamsteering with advanced digital signal processing techniques to deliver a low-cost solution that drives the evolution of highly automated driving and the deployment of advanced automated safety features, such as left turn assist, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam pilot, highway pilot, etc.


Metawave is delivering a radar platform that identifies and classifies objects at long-range with a higher resolution than today’s radar. With its groundbreaking beamsteering capabilities, Metawave’s SPEKTRA™ can detect and classify vehicles beyond 350 meters and pedestrians beyond 200 meters.


Detection at these distances has proven challenging for other sensors; object detection and classification at these ranges is essential for safe, automated driving features. Metawave's radar can penetrate difficult weather conditions like dense fog, sand storms, and heavy rain, while maintaining high performance.

Solving Today's Safety Problems

SPEKTRA radar can readily handle scenarios like the Euro NCAP cut-in and cut-out problems. Additionally, the system can discern obstacles in the ego lane from adjacent lanes and distances of ~300 meters. As automated driving continues to evolve, these ranges will increase and driving scenarios will include difficult problems like a motorcycle parked in the shadow of a bridge during a rainstorm. The flexibility of the SPEKTRA platform is unparalleled in its ability to be modified to fit any automotive sensor suite.

Metawave’s beamsteering radar platform SPEKTRA
addresses top safety concerns automakers face today

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