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Google Launches Ripple; Could Bring Tiny Radars To Cars

- Updated: 9th Jan 2022, 16:28 IST
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    Pixel’s Ripple

Google launches an open-source API standard called Ripple. It is a kind of tiny radar chip. Ripple could possibly bring the tech to devices outside of Google. Previously, Google has used tiny radar for smartwatches. It even featured in the Pixel smartphone. Ripple could be used in a car as well. Notably, the American automaker Ford is one of the participants in the new standard. Ripple is a project under the Consumer Technology Association. Read to know more!

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Pixel’s Ripple

Google’s first popular use of its tiny radar chips it has been developing for a while came in the form of the face unlock system on the Pixel 4. Moreover, while the tech sure generated quite the headlines at the time, it never gained widespread adoption. The Pixel 4 had a lacklustre performance in terms of sales. However, Pixel 5 ditched the chip entirely the next year.

That hasn’t stopped Google from working further on the technology though. Google launched Ripple has the potential to make its radar tech accessible to all. A range of companies is already participating in the program. Including Ford, Texas Instruments, blood pressure sensor maker Blumio, Infineon, and NXP. It’s clear Google has gotten something right this time.

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Furthermore, Ripple’s goal is to develop “an open radar API standard to enable hardware and software interoperability, accelerates the growth of applications for general-purpose consumer radar.” Experts from various industries including silicon, sensing, automotive, and electronics along with Google.

Jim Buczkowski who is the head of Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering team, said in a statement, “We are researching how to use interior radar as a sensor source to enhance various customer experiences. Beyond our leading Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technologies that use advanced exterior radars today. However, a standard API with semiconductor industry participation will allow us to develop software independent of the hardware sourcing.”

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