Micropower impulse radar
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Micropower impulse radar is a low-power ultra wideband radar developed in the mid-1990s at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, used for sensing and measuring distances to objects in proximity to each other.
Commercial applications include:
- Vehicles: parking assistance, backup warnings, precollision detection and smart cruise control (measures the distance to the vehicles in front of you and if they get too close, throttle is released and brakes are applied).
- Appliances: studfinders and laser tape measures.
- Security: home intrusion motion sensors and perimeter surveillance.
- Search and rescue: micropower impulse radar can detect the beating of a human heart or respiration from long distances.
- "LLNL Engineering Micropower Impulse Radar Search and Rescue". LLNL Industrial Partnering and Technology Transfer Process. October 3, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-02-11.
- "Micropower Impulse Radar (MIR)". LLNL Industrial Partnerships Office.
- Science & Technology Review January/February 1996 https://www.llnl.gov/str/pdfs/01_96.2.pdf