Delivering True Safety in ADAS with a patented system ‘watchdog’ to detect and mitigate sensor degradation.

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The Problem

Today’s consumer vehicles have an ever-increasing number of sensors linked to ADAS safety systems. Sensors, components and hardware are subject to degradation over a vehicle’s lifetime, negatively impacting system performance.

Currently, there is no monitoring, testing or evaluation of ADAS system performance included in either scheduled dealer maintenance or in mandated annual tests. The automotive industry has no clear understanding of the impact of sensor degradation, or the potential benefits of addressing this safety issue.

The Solution

By monitoring ADAS performance and highlighting degradation issues, we can pre-empt poor system performance and increased risk of accidents. obsurver provides a dual solution via on-the-fly monitoring that can be integrated into the vehicle, as well as a workshop-based approach for periodic technical inspection (PTI).

Our US and EU patented solution is the key to ensuring long term ‘true safety’ performance for sensor-based ADAS. Our mission is to save lives.

Deep Understanding

Example degradation effects

Sensors used in automotive systems are not 100% stable – they can change.

This effect applies for every sensor modality
such as camera, RADAR, LiDAR…

Sensors are the key input to environment and scene understanding as well as for artificial intelligence detection systems.

Sharpness Drift

Possible effects: glue shrinkage, lens aging & more

SNR change

Possible effects: reduction in shielding of sensor wiring

Scratches, Glass Ageing

Possible effects: stone chips, scratches, glass effects

Other Degradation Effects

Image sensor degradation Possible causes: CFA of sensor; microlens ageing

SNR change in aftermarket Possible causes: painting on RADAR

Decalibration in aftermarket All sensors can degrade due to miscalibration

obsurver in the News

Impacts of Sensor Degradation on ADAS System Performance

Automobil Industrie • February 2022

ADAS and automated driving functions are intended to increase road safety. But what if sensors give the wrong signals due to aging or degradation? Companies like the start-up obsurver are working on such issues. Read More >

six critical improvements

Fast identification of poorly performing systems Will...


Make vehicles safer for occupants


Reduce accidents, including fatalities and severe injuries


Reduce costs to societyassociated with accidents


Improve risk management for insurance industry


Maximise fleet operational efficiency for commercial vehicles


Improve reliability and safety of autonomous systems



obsurver is an automotive safety protocol that ensures ADAS sensor systems are performing at the required level, and provides warning if they are not.

This consists of an end-to-end solution to link critical sensor performance parameters with the functional domain.

obsurver’s patented ‘true safety’ approach can
be implemented with both an on-the-fly monitoring
approach, and workshop-based test protocol

Industry Support

"In order to develop safe driver assistance systems and enable autonomous driving, the digitalization of processes and workflows is indispensable. Particularly in the area of verification and validation, for example, the use of simulative processes and digital twins is essential.

dSPACE offers these methods and helps to digitalize PTI and homologation and implement them with customers."

"As the automotive industry is changing highly connected vehicle needs to be maintained during its lifecycle – this should involve sensor performance management.

Deloitte as a leading player in the field of certification services sees this as a major gap and supports technologies and activities to meet future road safety."

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Industry Support

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