MIT Researchers Develop Better Imaging System for Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers may have found a new way to give autonomous vehicles the ‘eyesight’ they need to see objects through thick layers of fog.

A research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a sub-terahertz radiation receiving system that could aid autonomous cars in driving through low-visibility conditions like fog, when traditional methods fail.

Sub-terahertz wavelengths are located between microwave and infrared radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum. These wavelengths can be detected through fog and dust clouds, while infrared-based LiDAR imaging systems that are commonly used in autonomous vehicles struggle to see through the haze.