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Propelmee leads innovative project to develop non-line-of-sight perception

March 5, 2018

A new project will allow Autonomous Vehicles to perceive obstacles with pin-point accuracy around blind corners, pushing autonomous vehicle sensing well beyond what CAVs can perceive using on-board sensors, today.

Project CORAM (Connected On-Road Autonomous Mobility) will undertake a feasibility study as part of CAV3 funding competition sponsored by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). CORAM will research how ‘Look-Ahead’ and ‘Non-Line-of Sight’ (NLOS) perception can be delivered to any Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) from infrastructure deployed sensors. CORAM will leverage connectivity to deliver NLOS and Look-Ahead perception using low-latency over-the-air messaging to autonomous vehicles.

Propelmee will be leading project CORAM and will develop the core capability of converting the infrastructure perception sensor inputs into meaningful scene understanding, as ‘Look Ahead’ and ‘NLOS’ perception -beyond the line of sight and range of AV’s on-board perception sensors.

The partners will develop and research methods for achieving these technology goals, and for efficient transmission of ‘NLOS’ perception Over-the-Air for utilisation by CAVs whilst assessing the latency and bandwidth constraints of chosen communication protocols. The research outcomes of CORAM will support the creation of new message structures and communication protocols for CAVs, new use case concepts for connected on-road autonomy and will pave the way for shared vehicle understanding that goes beyond current Vehicle to Vehicle and Vehicle to Location systems for coordinated autonomous driving.

Zain Khawaja, Founder & CEO of Propelmee, said, “Connectivity has a key role to play in autonomy, and infrastructure sensing has the potential to greatly aid and enable full autonomy, especially when on-vehicle sensing struggles to accurately perceive the world or 3D maps are broken. Infrastructure can assist autonomy in urban city centres where there is a large density of pedestrians, buses, taxis, cyclists and complex and unpredictable driving scenarios often arise. CORAM consortium will take the first steps in developing a proof of concept of such a system and will help establish the groundwork for the UK to become a world-leader in connected infrastructure for fully autonomous mobility”.

Transport Systems Catapult CEO, Paul Campion, added, “The competition to develop Connected and Autonomous Vehicles is accelerating and as a centre of excellence in transport research, we see this project as making a significant contribution to ensuring that UK is at the forefront of this revolution in mobility. As partner in CORAM, we will leverage our CAV expertise to explore the potential of infrastructure-based sensing to accelerate the introduction of these vehicles into everyday usage in the UK with the maximum possible benefits for passengers and the road network as a whole.”

Professor Dr. Antonios Tsourdous, Head of Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre at the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-physical Systems, Cranfield University said, “CORAM will be a significant collaborative trial at the University’s state-of-the-art MUEAVI research facility. MUEAVI is a purpose-built, instrumented roadway created as a ‘living laboratory’ for research into connected and autonomous vehicles. MUEAVI enables autonomous vehicles to be researched and tested in diverse real-world situations and environments. This capability is essential to develop and gain confidence in exciting technological developments of autonomous vehicles.”

The CORAM consortium was awarded the funding as part of a CCAV and Innovate UK competition CAV3, to invest in industry-led research and development projects on CAVs. The aim of the competition was to find projects that would deliver technical solutions for CAVs, and leveraging connectivity for autonomy, provide real-world benefits to users.

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Upcoming Public Speaking Engagements


The Future of Transportation World Conference will bring together world transportation leaders from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, transportation authorities and city planners, rail and public transportation technology firms and operators, technology and software giants, drone and personal air transportation solution companies, freight and logistics companies, mass-transit solution providers, business consultants, and inventors of new and disruptive global mobility solutions. Propelmee’s founder, Zain Khawaja, will be speaking about the future of autonomy, its applications to urban mobility, and Propelmee’s unique technological approach to enabling safe, efficient, and ubiquitous autonomous mobility. For more information please click here.

Previous Speaking Engagements

Zain presented as a Technical Expert at the  ISAuto 2018 (24th-25th April) conference in Munich, Germany. ISAuto is the leading automotive vision conference in Europe. The 2018 conference expanded beyond the scope of just image sensors, and addressed issues concerning the whole imaging system from optics, to processing, to OEM requirements, regulations, legal framework, standards and consumer perspectives. To find out more, please click here.


Propelmee was selected to give a pitch presentation to the US Autotech Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Zain spoke about the importance of perception in tackling the challenges of fully autonomous driving and the limitations of 3D mapping in enabling self-driving cars. The event took place on April 13 2018 and was held in Silicon Valley. For more information please click here.


“Logistics and the last – but arguably most important – mile” by Cambridge Wireless, was hosted by Mills & Reeve LLP on 14th November 2017. As part of the The Automotive & Transport Group of Cambridge Wireless. Zain spoke at the event about the unique challenges of autonomous last-mile delivery in complex urban environments, and showcased Propelmee’s autonomous technology. To find out more, please click here.


Propelmee has been shortlisted as one of ten finalists in the 8th annual Cambridge Wireless discovering start-ups competition. This year’s call was Europe-wide. Propelmee’s founders will be pitching to a panel of esteemed judges on 23rd October consisting of investors, entrepreneurs and technologists. To find out more, please click here.


The Transport Systems Catapult held a Transport Cafe at the Pinnacle, Milton Keynes on 5th September 2017. Propelmee is invited to give a talk at the event on the challenges in urban autonomous driving.


Zain is presenting as a technical speaker at the AESIN annual conference 2017, R&D track on Propelmee’s unique ‘Perception’ approaches. For more information, please click here.