BaseTracK Aims to Turn Regular Vehicles Into Autonomous Ones
BaseTracK is a company which developed a 2-stage autonomous system that is able to make any vehicle autonomous without the use of visual recognition or sensors (cameras, radars, LiDAR). The vehicles can reach speeds up to 130 km/h (78 mph) upon installation of the autonomous kit. The company said their technology performs flawlessly in any weather conditions.
We believe that the future lies with limited self-driving systems.
BaseTracK’s founders don’t think that fully autonomous cars will hit the streets just yet and therefore focus on conditional automation. Their system is designed to help drivers with routine activities and on long-distance routes. Additionally, it makes driving at night and in harsh weather safer.
How Does BaseTracK Work?
The system creates a geo-informational layout of a road and lays “virtual rails” on it. “The BaseTracK can be compared to a virtual spatial railway for the vehicle, which acts like a train.” explained Ilya Klyuev. “In the simplest case, the vehicle should decrease its driving velocity and stop in the event of an obstacle or risk detection.”
BaseTracK uses high-precision navigation data to give directions to vehicles in any weather conditions. However, it only works on certain highways and roads. The startup created a database of available routes and provides its users with this data. For closed and limited areas they have created a fully autonomous driving system.
What Are the Requirements?
The system works with any modern vehicle. All you need to do is set up an automation kit that will lead a vehicle through A-category (E-roads) highways without road markings.
Their vision is to give everyone the chance to own a self-driving vehicle as well as creating a safer way to drive. In case the road marking visual recognition fails, BaseTracK offers a lane-keeping assistance to further progress their system.