How to prevent ice ‘blinding’ self-driving car sensors

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Self-driving vehicles are reliant on their onboard sensors and cameras, however, when operating in extreme cold temperatures these critical components can freeze over and ‘blind’ the vehicle.

Canatu, a developer of innovative conductive films and touch sensors, has created a solution to the problem of weather affecting autonomous vehicles by employing a 3D-shaped heater for sensors, cameras, lidars and even windshield and windows.

This video shows how its transparent CNB films enable heating elements to be integrated into any 3D surface with a wire-free solution. It can help clear up lenses to enable AVs to operate safely in bad weather. Not only can it help clear frozen sensors, it can also clear humid and fogged-up lenses.

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As editor of four magazines at UKi Media & Events James brings over a decade of writing about, and obsessing over, technology and cars to Automotive Interiors World, Stadia, Winter Sports Technology International and Auditoria. Responsible for commissioning, writing and editing each issue he’s covered the best (and worst) from around the industry on a continual search to feature the latest innovation or talking point on the next cover.

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