Latvian scientist makes equipment for self-driving cars

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Deputy Director of the Institute for Electronics and Computer Science, Kaspars Ozols, works on technologies that are very likely to be used in self-driving cars in the future, Latvian Television reported October 26.

Research and technology developed in Latvia is working with brands known globally, such as BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo, Bosch, and Siemens.

“We focus on specific fine things, the technologies that will be needed for the self-driving car. One example is the technology for communication between vehicles so that they can communicate with each other and with infrastructure such as traffic lights and so on,” Ozols explained.

Issues are also being addressed about how the car sees the environment and how to make sure that, for example, when one of the sensors does not work, emergency situations do not arise, and that all technologies also work in winter and blizzard conditions.

“We're trying to simulate situations that happen when any of the very many sensors stop working. In our case, it's 12 cameras, five radars, a leader's sensor, a variety of ultrasound sensors,” said Ozols.

Ozols said that one does not need to work abroad to achieve something in science.

“It's good to go overseas, go to study or work abroad. I am a patriot of Latvia, and I want to strengthen science here in Latvia,” said the researcher.

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