Israeli Startup’s Radar System Enable Drone Flight Beyond Visual LOS

Arbe Robotics, based in Tel Aviv, has built an ultra-low C-SWAP (Cost, Size, Weight and Power) full 360 degrees radar system that combines hardware and software to allow autonomous drones to detect and avoid objects up to 1km away, up from 150 metres in the first iteration of its product.

“The main advantage of radar is that radar sees everything,” said Kobi Marenko, the cofounder of Arbe Robotics, during an interview with Business Insider in Tel Aviv. “There’s nothing that doesn’t bring back the radar signal except the F35 (stealth aircraft).

“Our radar is good for full flight beyond visual line of sight,” Marenko added. “We are detecting obstacles 50x per second which means that if there is an obstacle, we can detect it in 2 milliseconds, which is close to nothing.”

Marenko highlighted that Arbe Robotics radar system could allow delivery drones or government surveillance drones to fly safely and autonomously. He claims that Arbe Robotics is the only company with a radar-based drone product on the market.


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