April 21, 2021

UhnderPort400x275Austin, Texas-based Uhnder, which is developing digital imaging radar technologies for automotive and logistics applications, has teamed up with Yunshan Technologies to deliver a digital perception radar sensor solution for use in autonomous trucks operating in shipping ports. China Merchants Port (CMPort) is an early adopter and deploying digital perception radar in a fleet of autonomous trucks at its Mawan Smart Port in Shenzhen, China.

“Smart port development is of key importance for CMPort,” said Wang Pei, CEO of China Merchants International Technology Ltd., a subsidiary of CMPort that specializes in port, terminal, and logistics technology solutions. “We are deploying the newest digital radar sensing technologies in our fleet of autonomous trucks to enable efficient and safe operation, even in extremely challenging conditions due to rain, fog, or dust.”

Uhnder’s digital perception radar solution gives high-precision data to ensure that an autonomous truck arrives in the correct position, to within 5 cm, for automated container movement between the ship and storage or departure areas. The technology enables several co-located radars operating within the industrial port to co-exist reliability. Uhnder said this is a challenge that analog radar solutions have not been able to meet. The digital radar also reduces the cost of operations and increases safety, both of which are essential for ports to process an increasing number of containers efficiently.

UnhderChipFinger200“We designed a perception strategy based on radar output and real-time moving target identification and classification for various bad weather and low-light conditions,” said Christopher Pan, CEO and founder of Yunshan, a systems integrator of industrial and vehicle millimeter-wave radar products. “For the first time, we truly achieved all-weather, all-condition operation of the vehicles, greatly improving efficiencies in the port environment.”

The Uhnder digital perception radar solution generates a 4D point cloud with the ability to detect and track thousands of objects, the company said. The high contrast resolution capability enables perception solutions to identify closely spaced objects common in the port settings – for example, a worker who is next to a container. The sensor solution uses a digital code modulation that results in best-in-class interference immunity performance, Uhnder said.

“Uhnder is focused on the logistics mobility market, and shipping port automation is one of the early adoption use cases of digital radar technology,” said David Loadman, vice president of business development at Uhnder. “The exceptional results we expect to see from the partnership with Yunshan will demonstrate how Uhnder digital radar technology can accelerate smart port automation.”

More details on Uhnder’s offerings are available here.