76 GHz Radar for Shunting Locomotive

This specialized E-band radar assists in coupling operations of shunting loco and railcar. Precise data of distance and speed are intended to be passed to computerized control system of driverless loco or to be displayed for driver at manned loco on additional display (as option).

 Shunting locomotive radarAll-weather 76 GHz radar eliminates crucial drawbacks of laser speed & distance detectors such as errors in operation at “direct sun in the eye” conditions or at foggy/snowy weather.

FCC and national regulators over the globe allow unlicensed radar operations in the 76-77 GHz band for collision-avoidance purposes.

Live view of locomotive radar signal combined with record from frontal video camera

 E-band Radar Features for Shunting Loco

  • The radar determines distance between coupler heads of loco and car with an accuracy of 0.15 m.
  • Fine measurement can be done at direct sunlight, at night and severe weather conditions (rain, snow, fog).
  • The radar reliably determines the distance to the car ahead exactly on the track on which the locomotive is moving at distance of up to 300 m.
  • Presence of trains on neighboring tracks is determined but not interferes to loco control.
  • Radar allows effectively use driverless shunting locomotive at speed of up to 40 km/h.

Presentation video of locomotive radar 

Loco Radar Specifications

Parameter name Parameter value
Distance resolution 0.15 m
Distance detection range 1.5 to 300 m
Speed detection range 1 to 100 km/h
Speed  resolution 0.5 km/h
Main reflector diameter size 600 mm (300 mm by order)
Beam width 0.4 deg (0.9 deg for 300 mm antenna)
Radar transmitter emission power 10 mW
Radar operating frequency 76 GHz
Operation mode CW
Sweep range 1000 MHz
Interface protocol Ethernet UDP
Sampling rate 4096 points per 2.0 ms or 5.0 ms
Data range 14 bits
Enclosure IP65
Communication connector RJ-45
Ambient temperature -40 to +50 °С
Atmospheric pressure 84.0-106.7 kPa (630-800 Torr)
Relative humidity at < 35°С < 95%
Power supply voltage 18 … 36 V DC
with DC converter to loco voltage (optionally)
Power consumption < 25 W
Weight of Distance sensor head 5.5 kg
Weight of 300 mm/600 mm antenna 3.5 kg / 4.6 kg

Radar Delivery Kit

  • Radar in IP-65 case with sealed cable hose for DC power and Ethernet. The hose length is by customer order.
  • Antenna with radome, basic diameter is 30 cm, 60 cm antenna as option.
  • Mount to fix radar on locomotive railing or similar place.
  • DC converter to powering radar from loco battery if loco voltage is more than 36 V DC (optional).
  • Detailed description of radar row data specification, intended for loco computerized control system.
  • ELVA software application for visualization of radar data.
  • Radar Operation manual in PDF.

According to customer order, an additional software application for visualization of radar data could be developed by ELVA team.

For more information, including video of radar operation, download product presentation.

For enquiries, please email sales@elva-1.com

Case study: Driverless loco at Ust-Luga station (photos)

First loco equipped with76 GHz FCC unlisensed radar for shunting locomotive

76 GHz radar for driverless locomotive